20 August 2013

A moth that plays dead!

Never seen a moth play dead before, but that's exactly what this Spectacle Abrostola tripartita moth did a couple of times. Last night as I put it in a container, it flipped over and assumed it's 'I've been swatted' position, then this afternoon while I was getting it out of a container to take some photos it did the same again. I could pick it up, roll it over, and it still didn't flinch! After a while it flipped back over and flew strongly around before coming to rest.

The Spectacle Abrostola tripartita - resting normally one minute...

...playing dead the next...

...then resting normally again.

Here are a few other moths caught and photographed last night at home.

Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea

Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta

Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis

Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer Agriphila geniculea

Common Grass-veneer Agriphila tristella

Many thanks to Alan Martin for help with identifying some of these.

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