The Oldie

Bisigna procerella

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This is one of the ‘micro’ moths, the smaller and more primitive species. Its forewing is less than ¼ inch long. It is not only pretty, with sparkling metallic bands, but also rare – a proposed Red Data Book species. I have found it in my garden six out the last seven years. One year, a fellow moth enthusiast from the Midlands took a two-week holiday nearby, purely in the hope of photograph­ing one. Fortunatel­y, two more specimens did turn up that year. I was very amused to meet the enthusiast’s resigned wife and ferociousl­y bored teenage son, for whom this was evidently not the holiday of their dreams.

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