Here's a close-up, above, on the lines of a picture in a newspaper some years ago which made this part of the Eyed Hawk look like the head of a fox. That is fanciful and, as often mentioned here, we should be careful of assuming that similarities and/or camouflage which work for human eyes must also do the same for robins or mice. But the Moth Bible says that the flashing technique, usually accompanied by the moth rocking too and fro, "has been proved to deter insectivorous birds." Think back to Johnny Depp and that startling 'eye moment' in Pirates of the Caribbean, (above left) and you'll get the idea.
Meanwhile, it was good to see a smart little Flame Carpet, above, and yet another variant on the many shades of Minor moth, below, both beautifully set off by my pyjamas.
On the same lovely background, here is what I believe to be a micro from the Crambidae family, probably Eudonia mercurella though I wouldn't put money on it. Update: Nor would Dave Wilton, the arch-expert on the Upper Thames Moths blog, who reckons we need either a better specimen or the original to be absolutely sure. Which is reassuring about my ID bafflement with these little creatures, in a way.
Finally, that familiar visitor the Brimstone Moth, always welcome as a little source of light and brightness among the browns and greys. This one is unusual in that it actually entered the trap; more frequently, I find them a few feet away on the lawn or nearby foliage.