Way back in the last century there used to be an Estee Lauder perfume called Cinnabar! ‘Everyone’ wore it, and it hung heavily in the air. At the time it just had a name, I didn’t realise that it was called after a moth……
It was a visit to Lindisfarne that introduced me to the creature. It is a lovely island that is connected to the main land for part of the day, but the causeway is shut by the tide at regular intervals. I have visited many times since my initial visit, and it is in a lovely part of the UK. Part of the island is sand dunes, in which grow the poisonous ragwort, and the caterpillar of the Cinnabar moth is encouraged as that is it’s main food.
I took this photograph of a specimen feasting on its poisonous meal on Monday. It’s beautiful black and yellow stripes warn all predators that it isn’t good to eat. I didn’t get a photo of the moth, though, so here is a link to one on Wikipedia. It is such a lovely colour. Today we drove through the lanes of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire as we went to our selling venue. The hedgerows are full of ragwort, and hopefully being avoided by horses and the like as it won’t do them any good at all…….
It’s good to know that I can still be creative, though, even in the midst of a busy schedule, and these twenty minute works of ‘wonder’ are a real blessing. I’m not making any demands on my artistic skills, so I’m free to just ‘do it’. Here is the one for today.