Thursday, 17 January 2013

A blaze of metallic iridescence

My first and, so far, only moth species of 2013 does not qualify for Peters 'January 10 Species Challenge'. Apparently it is too small (wingspan = 12mm).

The moth emerged from the fireside woodpile in a blaze of metallic iridescence some 4 months earlier than it's normal flight season. 

Fire on the forewing

Perhaps it just wanted to see the snow?

0649 Esperia sulphurella


  1. Wow, what incredibly colourful incandescent scales this species has once under the lens - a fantastic photo Mike.