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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Small Magpie Moth, Eurrhypara hortulata, a good omen perhaps?

On 30 January 2007, I saw my first Small Magpie Moth when I looked up from my laptop and stared straight onto the lovely black & white wings of the Small Magpie Moth, Eurrhypara hortulata. It greeted me from the rim of a little bookshelf above my kitchen/work table. I was mesmerised. And even now, the small magpie is still my favourite Moth.

The above image I took of a dead Moth, which I'd found sometime in 2008, despite my constant window & nook checks, evening and mornings. It does show off those beautiful wings well, I think.
It might be very small, but beautifully formed also.

I hope she is a good omen, because I can certainly use one at the moment.

My back is giving me a great deal of trouble at the moment, as something is causing me a great deal of pain.
I suffer chronic pain in my back, neck and leg, since 2005, (and in my knee since 1981) This means constant pain, day and night; keeping you awake most nights.

This, I do not know what it is, but I am just hardly able to move. As a result of overcompensating with my arm, I pulled a muscle under my arm too. I am already taking 5 painkillers for my pain (yes, and the pain is still there! so I doubt that my GP can do much for me, so there is not much reason to call him over here.

Yesterday on the ceiling

Then on another part of ceiling.

somewhere else, and taking up the Butterfly Pose

And in the meantime, a quick look out of the window:

Pied wagtail, Motacilla alba

Robin, Erithacus rubecula

Great Tit, Parus major

Song Thrsh, Turdus merula

Blue Tit, Parus caeruleus


  1. I'm so sorry to hear of the pain you're in. I do hope it eases off a bit soon. I've seen the tiny magpie moths here. They are very pretty I must admit.

  2. Thanks, Carol; It is Scyatica, the pain in my back.
    I wonder where the moths would hibernate in your garden/house, up there in the cold weather of Canada. Probably inside your house or shed.


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