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Mother Shipton Moth
Comments(3) # Mother Shipton Moth london e17

There are about 2,400 different species of moths in Britain and I don't pretend to recognise more than a few. Most of the common field guides also only cover a small selection so, sadly, a large proportion of those I come across I never get to identify. However, having spent several minutes stalking this one (which I mistook for a Grizzled Skipper Butterfly when it first fluttered out of the grass) I'm glad to say it was pretty easy to identify once I'd got a half decent photo and dug out the book back home. It get its name from the markings on the wings, a cartoon like witch's face in profile....I'd never even heard of Mother Shipton before but apparently she was a famous Yorkshire Soothsayer. So now you know. Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
400 ISO
1/200 sec
f 8
Flash: Not Fired