not a moth 

on the front deck resting upon the decoratively concrete blasted wall was in actuality a butterfly but it was as dark as night on a moonless night and it was many brilliant shades of brown. with its wings upright like this we should have known but we were tricked. it was hiding more daylight-suitable colours such as yellow on the wings topside. i did not see but maybe it was the yellow admiral or kahukowhai which means yellow cloak. it likes nettles.