Tau Emperor, Aglia tau, La Hachette

TAU EMPEROR (Aglia tau)

French name: La Hachette

Yesterday was a grey day here in La Corrèze, France, warm but with persistent drizzle which put paid to plans of spending the day in the garden. Instead I turned my hand to the mammoth task of potting on in the greenhouse with tomatoes, courgettes, sweetcorn and squash all ready to be moved into larger pots.

It was whilst in the greenhouse that I spotted a rather large moth, nestled into a corner, wings closed. I ran for my camera and my husband, Paul, to help remove it from the greenhouse. Giving it a gentle nudge, it fluttered down onto Paul’s jeans, where it kindly posed for some fantastic photographs.

Tau Emperor, Alia tau, La Hachette

The Tau Emperor moth, although not found in Great Britain is common throughout most of France up to heights of about 1600m, though it is not found in Mediterranean France. The moth is mainly found in areas of deciduous woodland with the larvae feeding primarily on beech, lime, oak and birch trees.

The moths have a wingspan of 60-84mm. The male Tau Emperor moth flies during the afternoon and the female at night between the months of March and July.
Tau Emperor, Aglia tau, La Hachette

We carefully moved the Tau Emperor moth into the shaded, sheltered window of our granite porcherie, where it happily sat until late into the afternoon.

My drizzly, miserable Sunday turned into one with quite a treat!

A bientôt

Katherine x

'TAU EMPEROR (Aglia tau)' have 4 comments

  1. April 20, 2015 @ 9:46 am Jane

    Katherine, I love your Tau Emperor moth, particularly it’s feathery looking antennae, if that’s what they are. Very fetching indeed and how good of it to pose so willingly!


    • April 20, 2015 @ 2:44 pm Katherine

      I found him a little scary, which is why I made my hubby move him, though all he did was just sit there! Hope you are well now? x


  2. May 12, 2015 @ 2:11 am Louise

    What a great moth, they’re so much easier to photograph than butterflies.


  3. May 12, 2015 @ 9:39 am Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    What a beauty, and how nice of it to pose for photos like that. Its antennae are so unusual, you’ve captured it perfectly. Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance


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