I have been bemoaning the lack of moths around recently and was delighted to see this little beauty on my bedroom ceiling this morning
It is about 2cm long and slightly more corally pink in colour than the picture.
A quick search on the net has not revealed it’s name so if you know – I’d love to hear from you.
There seems to be a bit of a wildlife theme running at the mo ……. hmmm … it must be Summer!
Hurray! A lovely friend has found the Moth in one of her son’s old creepy crawly books!
It’s a Rosy Footman – what a gorgeous name!
Thank you so much Liz – I love a mystery solved!
Having found the name I then wondered how this beautiful little pink moth had come by its name. On this Cumbrian website I found this explanation
By the 1770’s a few hundred species had been identified and it must have become harder to think up obvious names, so the Gentlemen entomologists turned to Georgian dress codes for their names. So here we get the sombre Quakers, shining Satins, furry Ermines, raisedBrocades and, for the ones they couldn’t be much bothered with, the Rustics in drab brown garb! Back in upper class mode and the home, there are the Footmen (wings folded straight back like a liveried servant standing to attention), the Wainscots (the texture of oak panelling in the drawing rooms of the day), the Mochas (the pattern of a semi-precious stone) and the pretty Carpets.