When I commented three posts ago, under the heading 'Officially beautiful', that only ten UK moths had the prefix 'beautiful' in their names, I forgot to add that many more have the word 'beauty' as a suffix. By way of reprimand, one of the most interesting, the Lilac Beauty, has flown into the trap to teach me a lesson.
Apart from its delicate little lilac markings, it has the distinction of an exceptionally unusual way of resting, with the leading edge of its forewings creased and tilted up, as shown in the second two pictures. As my Moth Bible says, this makes it instantly recognisable and thus dear to my moth-identification-challenged heart. It isn't that common, which adds to its appeal.
I have always liked the purplish spectrum as you can see from this picture below, taken in yesterday's sunshine by my younger son, of one of my Uniqlo cardigans. I am seldom to be seen in it in public, sadly, because Penny says it makes me look like an elderly lady. I have included a famous elderly lady in the picture because her tin of Diamond Jubilee shortbread is a lilacy colour too. It was delicious as well as being a bargain, as you can see from the sticker.
Novak Djokovic is sponsored by Uniqlo, which inclines me towards him unpatriotically in today's Wimbledon final. While watching that, I will try to identify this pretty little Carpet (Common, I think) moth below and the micro in the last picture. I'm very pleased with the way that the red of Penny's gardening kneeler goes with not only the micro but two bright glimmers of Birdseye Speedwell, which suggest a blue-eyed ghostie watching from within our lawn.