Tuesday, 31 July 2012

I've got mail!

We've been away for the weekend and turned the computer off in our absence. Luckily maybe, because look who's been examining our email.


It isn't a terribly exciting guest (perusal of the micro guide continues - see Update below), but our encounter says something about photography, computers and moths. Above is the visitor taken close-up on micro-mode without flash. Below, behold it with the flash turned on.



It had moved by then to examine another icon, of a photograph of my mother-in-law. I think you can just make out her name, Dilys, on the icon label in the gloomy background to the left of the moth. Update: it's a Brown House Moth, info courtesy of my wise and very helpful commentor Ray who, alarmingly for the UK's tourism industry, is familiar with them in B&Bs. I say 'alarmingly' because these are among the few moths whose genuinely bad habits cast a shadow over the whole and almost entirely blameless moth world. They eat books, cashmere sweaters, socks...

2 comments:

Stokelymort said...

Martin
I am still very much at the novice stage of moth identifications, but I am going to make the bold suggestion that this is the Brown House-moth, having stumbled across a few over the last few weeks myself in various B & B's on my travels!
Ray

MartinWainwright said...

Thanks very much as ever, Ray. You've rescued me from my usual inept trawl through the guide.

I'm sorry you've had those B&B encounters and hope your woollens have survived intact.

Again, much appreciation of your help. I do try, but Penny doubts sometimes whether I recognise our own children.

All warm wishes,

M