Flora and Fauna Friday

Magpie Moth

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata).

A very widespread species found across Eurasia north of the Himalayas, North Africa and North America. This individual was photographed in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. It gets its common English name from the black and white pattern on its wings.

One Word Sunday, Flora and Fauna Friday.
Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Symmetrical

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Symmetrical.

A small selection of almost symmetrical photos.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

The entrance to St Mary’s Church, Nantwich, Cheshire, England. Surprisingly symmetrical given that construction was interrupted for 20 years due to the Black Death.


Tuesday Photo Challenge - Spread

Two American White Pelicans gliding in symmetrical formation, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Glass

Symmetrical drinking glass detail apart from the colour of the lights used, blue daylight and yellow artificial light.


One Word Sunday: Symmetry

Almost symmetrical wing markings on a Magpie Moth. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside

Almost symmetrical juvenile Great Tits begging for food having just heard an adult land at the nestbox entrance hole. Faddiley, Cheshire, England.


Silent Sunday: 22nd March 2020

Sort of symmetrical bare trees photographed on a walk around the neighborhood, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.


One Word Sunday


My first thought when reading the One Word Sunday prompt Symmetry was of Butterfly and Moth wings so I went with one of each.

A Gatekeeper Butterfly suns itself on a Bramble leaf.

One Word Sunday: Symmetry


A Magpie Moth rests on a tree trunk.

One Word Sunday: Symmetry


Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Bricks and Tiles

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Bricks and Tiles.

I was thinking of things in nature that resemble bricks or tiles when I thought of this photo. It shows the scales forming the pattern on the forewing of a Magpie Moth. Some of the individual scales remind me of bricks and others remind me of overlying roof tiles.

Friendly Friday: Bricks and Tiles.

Photo Challenges


Today’s one word prompt on The Daily Post is Micro.

These are scales on the forewing of a Magpie Moth. You can see the edge of the forewing and a small section of the hindwing on the right edge of the photo.

There are several moth species with the common English name of Magpie Moth, this is the species found in Europe and North America.

I’ve added a photo of the moth for anyone interested.

Magpie Moth forewing detail, Cheshire, England

Magpie Moth, Cheshire, England