After a great session in the pub last night, the logical thing to do when I wobbled home to Ainsdale seemed to be to crank up the moth trap and stay up all night.....
It wasn't bad, with plenty of common species coming to the light almost as soon as it hummed into life at 12.45am.
Up to six Poplar Hawks and two Bufftips was pretty good.
Full list of moths trapped (plus 30 odd I didn't get round to sorting out - I crawled into a sleeping bag in the back garden at 4.50am) follows:
Clouded Border 5
Lesser Yellow Underwing 11
Poplar Hawkmoth 6+
Peppered Moth 1
Heart and Dart 25=
Knot Grass 6
Silver Y 2
Large Yellow Underwing 7
Flame Shoulder 2
Buff Ermine 1
Dark Arches 3
Common Wainscot 1
Clouded SIlver 7+
Brightline Browneye 1
Treble Lines 12
Marbled Beauty 1
Spruce Carpet 1
Not bad, and plenty I haven't put a name to yet - more pix follow....
Only downside was that Mrs D woke me up at about 8.30am, with the trap still blazing away, and I was dragged to the supermarket for the weekly shop, somewhat confused by the world.
Luckily spending the night with the moths had given me special "mothboy" powers and I soon found myself being unaccountably drawn to the brightly lit chilled goods cabinets, fluttering my arms about and whizzing up and down the aisles - we didn't stay in the shop long....
Mothboy 1 Consumerism 0.
Right, off to bed now and up in the morning to look at things with feathers for a change.....
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....
PS: No moths were harmed during the making of this blog entry, well, apart from the Large Yellow Underwing I stood on at 3.35am, but that's for my karma to deal with....