I became fascinated by the Burren Green Moth (Calamia tridens), a unique little moth restricted to a small area in Co. Clare, the Burren, where it was discovered in 1949. It is found nowhere else in the British Isles. It is active mainly at night so little is really known about it’s habits. It is believed to feed on purple moor grass (Molina caerulea). So I didn’t have much to go on when I started this plate, just some research and my imagination.
This piece will be part of the Invisible Links exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens, August 15 – Oct. 14, 2018, in the Gates Court Gallery, exploring the complex and often hidden symbiotic relationships between plants and other organisms. There will be a reception Sunday, August 19, 1–3 p.m. This annual exhibition is always very good, I’ll be there.