Actually, I am really taken by the moth in my top photograph. What a delicate and distinctive pattern and how subtle the differences between the relatively limited number of shades. Penny's and my friend Sarah Meredith, noted American artist, could paint something lovely with a palette like that. Meanwhile, Nature and evolution have done an excellent job.
But what is it? I shall hazard Lunar Underwing, although neither the arrangement of its stripes nor their colou of the sections in between them seems quite right so it could instead be those hopelessly similar relatives, the Rustic or the Uncertain.
Next, I think, we have a couple of Flounced Rustics - a nice name with its intimations of an opinionated young moth flouncing around - followed what I shall temporarily call a Something Else. I can, however, do the pretty little V-pugs below.
The cheerfully bright colours and distinctive shapes - to the human eye, perky - of Common Swifts are a feature of the trap too. They come in an interestingly wide range of shapes and sizes, much as humans do. This is a distinction between different types of moths; most are uniform - the Large Yellow Underwing, for example, which has three very different colour variations, all numerous in the eggboxes at the moment, but is almost always a standard size - while otehrs such as the Swifts and the Silver Y vary greatly between the large and the tiddlers.
Next up, here are a couple of Crambidae micros, long, sleek racing cars of their mini-world:
And finally, a small miscellanea: a 'looper' caterpillar disturbed from our vine by my plucking grapes to make our annual juice:
A moth sent for ID-ing after my sister spotted it in a friend's bathroom in Bristol. Mottled or Willow Beauty, I think:
and a spider in my granddaughter's garden in London. She was much intrigued and not in the least frightened. "Take it off!" she demanded. Grandpa was more squeamish and declined.