31 August 2014
31 August 2014 – Woven Carpets
|Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta)|
The Shuttle-shaped Dart has been seen in York Museum Gardens over most of the summer, but hardly at all in Coxwold. This is a particularly bright example showing the pointed-ends to the pale oval marking that has been interpreted as a shuttle – the weaving kind. The meaning of the scientific name is open to interpretation: agrotis – from the Greek for ‘of the field’, or ‘a countryman’; the second part of the binomial is puta which has a variety of possible derivations: 1. Puta – the goddess who oversees the pruning of trees; 2. pure; 3. from puto – to think; or perhaps from puteus meaning a well. (There is another meaning in Spanish.) Take your pick.
Our countryman is found in a plastic palace amidst Autumn crocuses until its release this evening.
|Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata)|
The other already recorded moth (but not photographed before) is the Flame Carpet. This moth wouldn’t stay still for a moment so had to be snapped in a collecting tube. The Latin name can be interpreted as ‘clearly defined yellow stream’ – which doesn’t really apply to the Flame Carpet.