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  • Light Emerald

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    • Campaea margaritata: the light emerald moth

      Post date: Friday, 10 March, 2017 - 21:24

      I try to find beauty in everything I find and photograph, even house spiders, and I try to avoid having favourites but this is one of the most incredibly beautiful creatures I have ever had the fortune to discover. Sadly, as it flies by night, most of the world will never even know it exists. I think that the light emerald (Campaea margaritata) is just perfect in every way! Perfect shape, exquisite colouring, so delicate and yet so strong. I always get a special feeling when I discover one in the light trap and am almost reluctant to let it go and would love to keep it to look at again and again ...

      The lightl emerald is associated with woodland and bushy habitats but it gets about a bit and can crop up almost anywhere in southern England from May until October. Quite a common species in the numeral sense but far from common in the beauty stakes!


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