Brooch. Solid fine silver Madagascan Giant Hawk Moth.
Width 52mm /ap 2in
Height 40mm/ 1 5/8 in
Giant Hawk Moth
Darwin's Orchid and giant Hawk moth.
Angraecum Sesquipedale and Xanthopan morgani praedicta.
A botanist at heart?
Darwin predicted in his book on orchids in 1862, that a moth with a proboscis long enough - 13 inches - to reach the nectar in the bottom of the orchid's spur would be found and prove to be the orchids' pollinator. Decades later, it was found in Madagascar, and named in honour of his prediction!
A perfect example of co-evolution.