Elephant Hawk-moth

受粉する蛾、ベニスズメ

1 October 2020, United Kingdom
Brilliant Bugs / Elephant Hawk-moth
design: Royal Mail Group / illustration: Richard Lewington
print process: Lithography

Because they are active during the night, we don’t really know that moths are important pollinators. This elegant pink guy has its name from the appearance of it’s caterpillar stage. I want to see that caterpillar in real!

蛾は夜に活動するので、花の蜜を吸っている姿をあまり見かけませんが、実は花の受粉にとって重要な昆虫のようです。このピンクの美しい蛾「ベニスズメ」は、和名でなぜ「スズメ」なのかは謎ですが、英語の「エレファント」はイモムシの時の姿が象の胴体を思わせるので命名された、とあります。実物を見てみたい!

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