Welcome to the first maybug of May; two of them actually, each as daft as the other as they trundled ponderously around the hills and valleys of a Happy Eggs half-dozen box. Aren't they extraordinary? So well-armoured and so oddly patterned. These are the creatures proverbially supposed to live only for one day, a legend often applied indiscriminately to insects, including moths. Most get well beyond that, although it is mildly surprising that they do. They are clumsiness incarnate, with a flight like a demented USAF drone.
A new moth for this year arrived last night too. The Bright-line Brown-eye, with its distinctive dog's tooth markings on the forewing's trailing edge, has been a regular in past summers, so its appearance is another sign that things are getting better. I had to do the weather story for the Guardian today and because there wasn't a lot to say, other than Yippee, it's HOT, I drew on Caroline Aherne's wonderful weather lady on Chanel 9 in The Fast Show. You probably remember; her only word was 'Scorchio.'