Instead of a moth, here is the first orchid in our neighbourhood, whose riches in this field of botany surprised and delighted Penny and me last year. I am guessing that it is an Early Purple, spotted by a vigilant neighbour who regularly walks along the sun-dappled path where the flowers are to be found. But I will check further after breakfast. Update: which I've now done and I think it's actually a Green-winged Orchid which is new to me, and nice. The name has nothing to do with the riotous TV comedy Green Wing but refers to those greeny-coloured lines on the petals. I also meant to point out the tiny spider in the close-up picture - at the top of a petal on the top left.
We are not entirely mothless today, however. Last night I got a cheery email from my excellent niece Jessie's partner Winnie with a picture of this handsome Herald moth with which he shared a cubicle at Hackney Lido in London (a very enjoyable and well-organised place to swim btw). Nice find, Winnie, and timely. As I said yesterday, the Emperor moth has the cover of the Moth Bible to itself. The Herald monopolises the book's spine.
And here is Wednesday night's other newcomer, a Heart and Dart, whose name was the basis of the blog's first (and still I think only) competition back in one of my very earliest posts in June 2008. Subsequently a New York soap business called Heart and Dart got in touch with me and I'm glad to say that still seem to be in business. Like me.