Thursday, 18 June 2009

Pole dancing

I gave the moths a break last night, with the weather looking dodgy, though in the end it stayed dry. So here, for now, is the much-featured Pale Tussock visiting again the other night and trying out a perch I haven't seen before. It's chosen one of the struts which support the mercury vapour lamp's rain cap (a Heath Robinsonish but surprisingly effective device). That brings it incredibly close to a bulb so bright that Watkins & Doncaster advise human users not to look at it directly. Not surprisingly, the moth was sound asleep in the morning and stayed that way 'til after lunch. Luckily the birds didn't notice it. That or they prefer the worms which the rain has brought to the surface in large numbers.

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