Dead Moth

I found a dead moth in the window.  I couldn’t help myself. The burgeoning lepidopterist in me had to take photos.


Look at his furry head.


His body reminds me of a lobster or a langoustine.


I looked it up in my book, and I think it is a ‘White Ermine’, Spilosoma lubricipeda.  Ermine moths have ‘cryptic patterns’ on their forewings.  This looks like chromosome banding patterns.  That’s quite cryptic.


Can you see the fringe at the edge of the wings?

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He has such a sweet little snout.


And a slight look of surprise.


And there is no way I would have been able to see his curled up tongue if I didn’t have my macro lens.

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28 Comments Add yours

  1. Stevie says:

    Do you know it was a male, or is this just linguistic gender-bias?

    1. Ali says:

      You’ve got me, Stevie. I have many skills, but sexing a moth is not one of them. He looks a bit Ziggyish, doesn’t he?

  2. Emma Cownie says:

    That macro lens is amazing. White ermine is such a suitable name for this handsome chap.

  3. shazza says:

    He is lovely. I have seen the catterpillars but never the moth. X

  4. Penny Post says:

    Amazing what a difference a macro lens makes isn’t it.

    1. Ali says:

      It is. Opens up a whole new world.

  5. Heyjude says:

    This is funny Ali – I found one in my bedroom this week and I also took photos of it with my macro lens. I didn’t for some reason take photos of the underside and mine has more patterns on its wings. I did think it looked as if it was wearing an ermine cloak, so thank you for the ID – most appropriate. I got one photo of one antenna (the other had broken off) and it looks like a comb. I shall have to post a couple of photos so you can see.

    1. Ali says:

      Ooh yes please!

      1. Heyjude says:

        Just about to post it.

  6. Such a beauty. I especially love the face, it’s not often we can appreciate their features. Macro lens really is nice. 😘💗

  7. Looks like a sweet chap, Too bad he’s dead.

  8. bcparkison says:

    Good photos but …sorry for the moth.Wonder what happened?

    1. Ali says:

      Not looking at Ziggy…

  9. If a male, he probably died in a state of euphoric bliss after mating. If female she would have to lay her eggs first. A short life, but a sweet one!!

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Belinda! Is this the life cycle for most moths and butterflies?

  10. He’s actually pretty cute and fluffy! I love the fringing on his wings … looks like something I’d like on a cushion or scarf!

    1. Ali says:

      It is amazing how many of these textures resemble home furnishings!!

      1. Absolutely! The Arty Plantsmans latest (I think) post included some pictures of the most beautiful white and blue flowers Hyacynthoides arisidis or something like that! I LOVE them and would have them as fabric, wallpaper, a dress … anything. Nature is completely beautiful. X

      2. Ali says:

        Ooh. New fun. If you could wear a flower, what would it be. Tonight I’m wearing Dahlia ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

      3. Ooohhh I like this! I’d be wearing Tulip ‘Queen of the Night’ … all slinky and sultry (until I fall over the hem and land on my face 😂)

  11. Lovely photos. We have something in common; I saved a tired bee today with sugar water but also took my camera with me for macro pictures while she was drinking. The bee did fly away luckily.

    1. Ali says:

      Ooh, I look forward to the pics! I saw the most enormous bumble bee today, and a stripy fly I didn’t recognise, but was in a hurry picking flowers to take to a friend and didn’t allow myself to pick up my camera as I was already late!!

      1. The whitetailed can get really large and there is a hover fly that is around this time of year that it superhuge

      2. Ali says:

        I will try to observe them a bit more and get to know the difference. So many creatures, so little time!

  12. Very Unusual. I find a lot in my loft that have met a similar end but dont think id be so brave as to photograph them. Ill leave that up to you.

    1. Ali says:

      It was thankfully not flapping!

      1. I was trying to get one out of my bedroom the other night as I couldnt bear the thought of it flapping around me. It was quite a feat!

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