Autumn moth

“It is clear” (or it was to Voltaire) “that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.”

I recently watched The Family Stone. It was billed as a comedy, but I don’t think that works as a description, unless a self-unseeing display of how bigotry is met with a more virulent strain of intolerance, and dissent is combated by stifling debate can be seen as funny.

The world seems increasingly inquisitorial sometimes, which is why I am battening down the hatches. Here instead is a picture of an afternoon visitor to the little patch of ground. A moth, called a Centre-barred Sallow (Atethmia centrago). They live in woodland. The larvae feed on ash trees (we have plenty of those). Adults fly from August until early October.

“There are no sects in geometry,” as Voltaire also said. This is entomology, I know. But it has the same effect of not raising the blood pressure.Sallow

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