The beauty thief

I found this moth on a recent walk. It was fluttering in useless circles on the ground, convulsed in death throes. What was most remarkable was that it was a perfect mimic for the cherry blossoms in the trees around me. It made me speculate that cherry trees might be pollinated by moths, which turns out to the untrue (bees and wind do the work of spreading cherry genetic material around). But I imagine that this act of mimicry is perfectly timed to coincide with the life cycle of the cherry trees - all the way down to the moth dying at almost the exact moment that the blossoms are falling off and blowing about in the breeze. 

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