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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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29 July, 2016

Phalera bucephala: the buff-tip moth



One can only wonder in amazement at how life on earth came to be as it is! Has this incredible buff-tip moth (Phalera bucephala) become just like a silver birch twig through random gene mutation and natural selection (therefore almost by accident)? On the other hand, did the design team in charge of moth development decide that a moth that looked like a piece of twig would be a neat idea? Frankly both theories seem impossible to me and, who knows, there may even be a third reason we humans have yet to discover but for me that is the wonder of nature, so much if it is still a mystery and waiting to be discovered.
The buff-tip moth emerges as an adult and flies at night in June and July and is a common and widespread but because it is so well camouflaged one is unlikely to see it even at rest. It is more common in the south but does occur throughout the British isles. 
Phalera bucephala: the buff-tip moth