Merveille du Jour – brightness on a gloomy day

The Merveille du Jour or ‘wonder of the day’ is one of autumn’s classic moths. It only flies in September and October (and of course November when it is this mild). This one was in my trap yesterday.

Merveille de jour 1
Its stunning markings make it unmistakable

Merveille de jour 3
Put this moth on a leafy background and it will disappear ….

Merveille de jour 2
Camoflage made up of tiny scales

The caterpillars feed on the flowers of pedunculate and sessile oak

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