Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Re Mother Shipton Moth

Yes, Walrus. My good moth book says the moth was named after a 16th cetury Yorkshire witch. If one looks at the pattern on the wings one can make out a profile of a beady eye, beaked nose and hooked chin. Walt Disney's witch in Snow White also had a few warts. I'm glad she sounds to have been venerated rather than burned . We visited Knaresborough with some Yorkshire friends last year. A delightful ancient town on the River Wharf. Had I known of Old Mother Shipton's cave I would have made a pilgrimage!
Peter Byles.

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