Sunday, 5 June 2011
Oooh we've got some glories this morning! I feel overwhelmed and dangerously close to gush mode. Penny had to wait quite a long time for her bacon and tomato, so busy was I with the eggboxes, camera and treasures such as the Light Emerald, above. (She'd cooked it btw and in fact this morning she also made our early morning tea because I overslept, like a moth in the trap). This is the first emerald here in 2011 and I've also seen my first Large Yellow Underwing. I may feel a bit hectic now, but when the days of 100-plus assorted yellow underwings arrive, which is clearly going to be soon, then quiet mornings with a few dainty species will be a thing of the past.
Look at this Common Swift, too, (above,with a shadowy Scalloped Hazel in the neighbouring eggbox). What delicate and beautiful colouring. Penny was just looking at some pictures of Forester moths at breakfast time, over my shoulder as I tried to distinguish between Common and Gold Swifts, and remarking on the two-tone (green and silvery grey) similarity to Empire-line dresses in a famous film or TV version of Jane Austen. I am sure that dress designers are aware of moth patterns and colourings, as well as birds'. Actually, Moth would be an excellent name for a fashion house.
And here is the Burnished Brass, on its own and (below) with a Lime Hawk which called for the night along with a Poplar one. Respect! Common and always sure to arrive in June, the BB joins yesterday's Peach Blossom in my Top Ten. Later on today, I am going to curl up with Prof Ford and his chapter on scale colouring in the famous Moths in Collins' New Naturalist series. I once had lunch with Prof Ford at the Travellers' Club; a witty old bachelor, his books are sans pareil (Butterflies in the NN series is the other one; he was down-to-earth when it came to titles). Incidentally, I'm delighted to see that the excellent covers of the books remain the same as the ones I got as a school prize in 1963 when I was nobbut 13.