Mating Hawk Moths
In the golden afternoon light, something dropped from the willow blowing in the wind and hit my Daughter on the head. "Mum" she called "Something just fell on my head, it's a bird's wing, or maybe a baby bird, it has feathers."
It took me a while to work out it was two large moths Mating. They eventually parted company and I bought this stick near to them, they both instantly climbed on, at a distance from each other and I propped them up in the olive tree as their best camouflage option.
I love the distinct black and white band on the bottom edge of its wings! I think this is the male and the slightly warmer toned one on the underside of the stick is the female, though I am just basing this on what I know about the colouring of birds, I have no technical knowledge of anything to do with Moths.