This Leopard Has Blue Encrusted Gemstones for Spots

Leopard Moth (Zeuzera pyrina) – I found the blue sparkling spots on this moths wings and head quite beautiful. It belongs to a family of moths called Cossidae, and this is one of only three species that can be found in the British Isles. It flies at night and is attracted to light, but it can also be found resting during the daytime on tree trunks. The adults are not able to feed. They fly June to July, and frequent open woodland, scrub, parks and gardens. The larvae feed on the wood of various deciduous trees.

Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina

Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina

Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina

Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina

Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, July 2018. Nikon D7200 Β© Peter Hillman.

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48 thoughts on “This Leopard Has Blue Encrusted Gemstones for Spots

    • Thank you, Liz πŸ™‚ I don’t really know how long they live for, but their main objective when adults is to mate and lay eggs. Sadly they will eventually starve to death, so I guess they have to get all their living in pretty quick!

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  1. I know I am not to take literally “gemstones for spots. But am I to take literally what you say: “The adults are not able to feed”? I would think they need some nourishment at least to reproduce. Very nice photos and I like you did detail shots of sections to show the gemstones.

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  2. Amazing that a moth would be so startling in colour/wing pattern. Wouldn’t you think it would blend into its surroundings more to avoid predators. I’ve never seen anything remotely like it. Thanks for sharing, Pete.

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  3. And look at those legs! They sparkle, too. It’s just extraordinary. It does look for all the world as though it’s been decorated with blue glitter — but what a blue. I’m just speechless.

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  4. So long as its ok with you Pete I might do a post on my first ‘colour’ day that features this beautiful Leopard Moth, probably I’d choose 2 photos from above. Easing back into colour posts again seems a fine excuse to use your lovely photos of this gorgeous creature!

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