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.
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.
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!