To sate Ralph Jones' commendable caterpillar curiosity, here's what a Goat Moth should look like when it's all grown up....the only adult I have seen, trapped at Dempsey Towers way back in July 2005, just before the Birdblog began.
It was a scarce moth then, with rumours of a small population around Formby Point, and not much has changed in the status of this remarkable beast (as big as a big hawkmoth) since.
Neill Hunt took this shot originally although to be fair the image above is my "pic of his pic", as the framed original still has pride of place on the birdroom wall at the towers.
Oddly enough the moth didn't actually fly into my trap - I heard it crashing around the undergrowth and lunged in and grabbed it, before keeping it overnight and releasing it after its unplanned photo session.
Frankly the grown-up moth is considerably sexier than Ralph's discovery yesterday...and a real handful!
"Found this beauty at Lifeboat Rd", Ralph explains. "Do you know the species or why not ask your bloggers? It's shown with a £2 coin and it must have been between 2 an 2.5 inches".
I think it's fair to say what Goat Moth caterpillar lacks in looks, it makes up for in size!
Great find Ralph.
Mosses quiet this afternoon, but looking tempting given the crewcut many of the crops are getting at the moment - Kestrels and Buzzards patrolling the stubble, hirundines hyper and Lapwing flocks growing.
Hopefully this is the end of all that summer hot mullarkey, and we can now get some proper autumn stuff going.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...