Moths haven't had a great season, according to the scientific observations I have made in my three major observatories.
1) The kitchen window
2) The window of the Chinese takeaway on the way into town
3) The Prince Rupert pub
There's been a single swallow tailed moth, and utterly nothing else of note at night. Thank heaven for that hummingbird hawk moth I found on the red valerian in Hawton.
Normally the kitchen window would be a melee of large yellow underwings at this time of year - or a magnificent red underwing on a lucky night - but until a couple of nights ago I hadn't seen any. These two specimens were caught on consecutive nights, the first engaging in the usual mothular headbanging, the second trying to be friends with my awful workboots.
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