Thursday, 9 July 2009
Here's one of the few moths which may be relatively familiar to everyone: the Swallow-tailed.
It comes to lighted windows after dark, like a small ghost. There are plenty around at the moment, along with the similarly pallid Light Emeralds. Both begin life with relatively strong colouring but fade very quickly, like old colour photos in an album or newsprint when exposed to light. It rained late last night but Mr and Mrs Robinson designed their trap well and the moths inside stayed dry. Plenty were about: pugs, arches and yellow underwings. And I'm afraid we also caught a mouse, whose traps are not quite so nice.