Yippee it's my birthday! And although human celebrations are slightly on hold because we have a young Ukrainian student staying for the weekend and he is top priority, the moth world has marked the day in style.
Behold! a handsome Privet Hawk Moth, my first of the year and one of the bonuses of moving that little bit closer to the Equator. I first encountered this mighty moth, the third largest in the UK after the very rare Death's Head an Convolvulus Hawks, last year when quite a few turned up, but not until 22 June. So we're over a month earlier in 2014. Let's hope for more as this wonderful sunny spell continues.
Secondly, I checked out the Emperor Moth eggs and - behold again! - they have chosen my birthday to hatch. The experts say that I may get weary of cutting hawthorn for them to gobble and gobble like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but I face the task with a cheerful heart. We nearly had one of those birthday disasters when I jogged them and they almost fell into the wshing up. Mind you, they would have floated in their Tupperware box, like a single-species version of Noah's Ark.
I hope you're also enjoying the quite sensational weather which I have brought to the UK to mark my big day. The only disadvantage is that I don't want to be stuck inside in front of the computer, so my backlog of other interesting moths is getting hefty. More soon...