The other day I came home and opened my front door, nearly stepping on this little fellow. He was very determinedly making his way across the doormat towards the door. I wondered if he had just hatched, because he made no attempt to fly, but kept intermittently fanning his wings. I held the door open for him, and he went out onto the doorstep, from where the breeze reached him and lifted him up.
I assumed he was a butterfly, but later discovered he is a MOTH! Who would have thought it? So unlike his usual drab friends.
The day flying cinnabar moth is common in Ireland, feeding exclusively on the toxic plant, ragwort, with its glorious yellow flowers, and as a result is poisonous to would be predators, hence his bright warning colours.
Having said that, I’ve had lots of moths and butterflies in my house and garden over the years, but have never seen one of these. I’d remember, because his markings are so beautiful and distinctive.
I was nominated to take part in this photo challenge by Sue Vincent, who takes the most beautiful images and always has a story to tell about them. I would like to nominate fellow blogger and author, Sacha Black, because she tells a great story, and I love her style.
The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:
1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!