May 172015
 

Here are a couple of photos of one of the most docile and cooperative subjects I’ve ever had to deal with! They were taken about a week ago (May 6th) and I’ve only just got round to identifying it as Eutrapela clemataria (6966), Curved-toothed Geometer. We found it on the inside edge of one of the double doors that gives access to the space beneath the deck attached to our house, obviously a very neat crevice as a hideaway for the daytime – until I rather compromised that by opening them! From what I have picked up on the web I think it is a common moth but a new one to us, and we were most taken with its wonderful camouflage as a sort of scorched autumnal leaf – presumably it tucks itself away on trees normally.

I’m attaching two photos, one with the scale (10cm/4ins), and one without which enlarges very well for enjoying the pristine condition and wonderful detail.

Peter Armstrong, Warsaw

PS During my internet search for identification today I was rather amused to come across a posted photo on one site that captioned it Eutrapela crematoria! I thought that went rather well with my very first impression of the moth resembling a scorched leaf!

Curved-toothed  Geometer - May 6, 2015 - Warsaw - Peter Armstrong

Curved-toothed Geometer – May 6, 2015 – Warsaw – Peter Armstrong

Curved-toothed  Geometer 2 - May 6, 2015 - Warsaw - Peter Armstrong

Curved-toothed Geometer 2 – May 6, 2015 – Warsaw – Peter Armstrong