I am afraid that the star of today's show came to a sad end due to his over-hasty departure from the trap. Like a supercharged version of Gerard de Nerval's lobster, which the writer used to take for walks on the Champs Elysée, explaining to passers-by that he liked it 'because it doesn't bark and it knows the secrets of the sea', this Lobster moth shot off before I could stop him. I said him, because in moths, fancy antennae almost always denote a male.
He spiralled up into the sunlight and had almost reached the cover of our large oak when, zooooom! one of our robins whizzed down and that, alas, was that. I take what precautions I can over this sort of thing happening, but the Lobster moth is a common species and I am sure that a great many keep the bird and bat population up to the mark in the same way.
The moth's name comes from its remarkably crustacean-looking caterpillar - pic, left, from the Moth Bible. But the adult also has the grey of a lobster uncooked, albeit rather a hairy one. Altogether, an excellent moth.
From the Large to the Little: here is a pristine Lime-speck Pug, one of the most attractive of that rather grey family of very small macro moths. And then here is a smart micro-moth, below, Crambus lathoniellus, I am pretty sure.
|An Elephant Hawk, a battered Common Swift, a Cinnabar and a Heart and Club|
|A couple of Burnished Brasses, form tutti with the metallic areas joined by that slender link|
|Orange Footman, one-eyed Bright-eye, Brown-line, Willow Beauty and Silver-ground Carpet|
|Another Silver-ground Carpet, a Light Brown Apple Moth micro (Epiphyas postvittana), one of the many varieties of Common Marbled Carpet and the pretty micro Parapoynx stratiotata, aka the Ringed China-mark.|
|I can never resist photographing the Brimstone Moth|
|And finally, for the moths, here are another Common Marbled Carpet, a Heart and Dart and two Dark Marbled Carpets, I think. Please correct me if I'm adrift.|