One of the most appealing wing patterns among moths, to my eye, is marbling which I touched on the other day via that pretty butterfly, the Marbled White. Here by coincidence are two mothy examples: the Marbled Green above, and the Marbled Beauty, below.
Does the colouring of both moths meanwhile remind you of anything else in the natural world? Yes, lichen. I would have sought out a patch to provide a background illustrative of moths' brilliant and ever-varied camouflage. But it was raining. Thanks to the RSPB for the little lichen pic.
On a historical note, I checked back to last year's blog and noted that both species came in a companionable way to see me on the night of 27 July; and further back, on the same date in 2011 in Leeds, I took the picture below of a Marbled Beauty on the surprisingly pretty dimpled metal of the trap lamp's collar. In passing, I noted that the number of visits to the blog has now passed 250,000, so many thanks to all who pass by.