Just before Dusk


Bell heather at dusk

That is when I saw it, though they fly well into the night too.  It looked silvery in the moorland evening light, and then seemed to disappear when it landed, and though I carefully marked the spot where it settled, when I got to it there was no sign.

Green Carpet moth

The Green Carpet is so well camouflaged in the heather leaves and stems.  It is a small moth, but when I did finally get close, was so excited by its distinctive wing markings.  The green is so green.  It must have been a freshly emerged moth, as the brightness soon fades to yellowish brown, or whitish with age.  As the green grows fainter, this clever moth finds vegetation of similar hue, to remain well concealed.

Green Carpet moth

The caterpillar feeds on the mat-forming herb Heath Bedstraw which I’ve seen growing here.  I watched this moth flitter and land, zig-zagging about, but remaining fairly close to one area, I suppose looking for a mate or laying eggs to start the cycle again.




  1. Comment by Ellen Abbott:

    beautiful moth.

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      I didn’t know what it was until I looked it up when I got home, and was sure I must have stumbled across something very rare, it is so exquisite, and I’d never seen it before – but actually it is apparently a very common moth!

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