Arctia Caja, the Garden Tiger Moth.
A bold bright moth, once common, but now
no longer found where I live in the UK.
According to the Butterfly Conservation organisation, Tiger Moths are in decline,
by 92% since 1968.
John Keats uses the markings of the moth to describe the effects of moonlight through a stained glass window…
“…Innumerable of stains and splendid dyes,
As are the tiger-moth’s deep-damask’d wings…”
in his poem Eve of St Agnes
The popular 1930′s trainer bi-plane designed by
Geoffrey De Havilland was called Tiger Moth,
also two monoplanes by De Havilland were built in
1927 with that name too.
An illustration- my small tribute to the beautiful GardenTiger Moths of my childhood.
The first house my grandfather (Thomas Henry Patching) designed and built. It was in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England, 1920′s.
Following a long period of ill health, he died in 1930, when my mother, the youngest of eight, was just 10 months old.
Hardship, poverty and sorrow dogged his family following his death. My grandmother (Gladys May) fought hard to keep her family going, She worked two jobs and made a new home for them. I spent the first part of my life with Grandma, until her death in January 1968. They’re buried together in Chorlton.
I got this plate from a craft fair at Victoria Baths. It caught my eye on my first turn of the fair. It was the photo transfer of the goldfinch that drew me back a second time.
Some goldfinches feed from seed hung on a tree on the green near me. They stitch the sky with their looping flight as they flock in each morning.
Goldfinch is il Cardellino in Italian, diminutive of il cardo (thistle). Le Chardonneret in French, diminutive of le chardon (thistle). A charm of goldfinches can be seen on many a purple patch of thistles. They eat thistle seed.