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Giant Emperor Moth

The stricken giant

The stricken giant (actual colours)

I went out the back door for lunch today and almost fell over this huge moth on the terrace.

It was absolutely massive – I reckoned about 12 cm across.

Its legs moved every so often but it seemed very dopey. We wondered if it had stunned itself on the outside light.

We were worried the dogs would tread on it, so we put a large flowerpot over it while we had lunch.

Then, when everyone else had gone in, I got it to crawl onto a banana skin and put it on top of the barbecue, from where it had disappeared when I next looked.

Another name for this moth is the Great Peacock Moth for obvious reasons.

It’s not a moth you’d want flying at you in the dark, that’s for sure!

Below is an artistic enhancement done by Clive using HDR.

Clive's version

Clive’s version

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  1. May 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Nature is amazing you just never know what you shall see 🙂

    • May 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. I love just walking around observing. It’s a sort of small-scale safari.

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