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Moths

I have an interest for photographing insects, among them butterflies. To increase chances for having butterflies visit my back yard I went to a flower shop to get a herb called butterfly-bush (Buddleja davidii). While driving home with the bush safely placed in the back seat of my car I noticed a large insect on my left arm. I almost lost the control of driving trying to get a closer look at the insect. By now I had confirmed that it was a butterfly, probably a moth (thanks God not a spider!). After arriving home I placed the butterfly on a stump in my back yard for photography. Moth are easy to photograph in the daytime since it is natural behaviour for them to sit quietly waiting for dusk. I left it there and went on to identify the creature by the photographs. After some search I identified it as Phlogophora meticulosa (angle shades, Norwegian: Taggvingefly). It is a strongly migratory species, and since this happened in May it is likely that the moth had migrated northwards. So the purchase of the butterfly-bush gave results already the first day, and long before blooming.

Angel shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) accidentally sitting on a baby butterfly-bush, but here replaced to a stump.

Angle shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) accidentally sitting on a baby butterfly-bush, but here relocated to a stump.

The angel shades sitting on a stump in my back yard

The angle shades sitting on a stump in my back yard, sideways view