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The Motheaten Hierarchies


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What’s it all about? 
The idea came to me when I shared a film of some Small Eggar Moths in May last year. It was an extraordinary sight to watch these creatures work together, consuming a whole section of hedge line at Lytes Cary. 
I mean, it was extraordinary, exciting, and exhilarating. 
But I was so surprised (I do not know why) and disappointed by the vociferous reaction by my social media audience to these tiny creatures. 
And that started me thinking about the human viewpoint, the value judgements we place on animals, our fellow humans, property, objects. 
And I called these Motheaten Hierarchies – they are old, worn ideas from previous times. Ideas that don’t fit with our understanding of ecology, the ecosystem, the merit of all creatures, indeed the place for all creatures.

 

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