Sunday, 16 April 2017

Passionate scenes

After a couple of duff attempts using a muslin bag, I released my female Emperor moth - the finally-hatched 23rd child of the female which visited me in May 2014 - on to the outside of our shed yesterday. There she perched, apparently unvisited, but in the late afternoon, I went to put back garden tools and the inside of the shed was aflutter with three lustful Emperor males.

I out them all together in a box and one eventually established dominance and locked on. All four moths are now at large in or around Thrupp, and I hope that this dynasty, which has provided me with so much interest, continues to flourish. And I still have two cocoons unhatched from the original 25.  Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon

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