A commentor on a recent post asked me which I considered to be the most boring of moths. I'm working on that but meanwhile here's by the far most common arrival in the trap at the moment, the Heart and Dart.
In the very first month of my blogging, June 2008, I made this species the subject of a mini competition to guess its name, giving only the clue that it described the wing patterning and was a rhyme with the structure 'blank and blank.' I got some good answers: nail and pail, wing and thing, dash and splash, pole and hole; and also an email from a New York shop called Heart and Dart which sold tea (and may still, although Googling suggests it could be defunct).
So the H&D can stimulate interest and I guess that it is also saved from the boring title by its variety of shades, shown in the picture. All three are Hearts and Darts, from more than 60 which swarmed in on Tuesday night (it is the moth of the moment here). You could argue, mind, that its choice of colour makes it even more of a candidate for boring status. I mean, small and brown, small and grey, small and slightly darker brown...
But then interest resurfaces, because I see from another pic I used back in 2008, in July, that the Large Yellow Underwing (which will soon arrive here in even bigger numbers than the H&D) chooses pretty much the same trio of colours from its palette. Is this to do with camouflage and natural selection? More research for my retirement.