You may realise from the title of this post that I am a Gilbert & Sullivan fan, which Penny considers rather debased in musical terms. If you are one too, you'll know that the ditty from HMS PInafore, usually sung by quite an ample matron, begins:
Though I could never tell why...
This conundrum also applies to an extremely welcome star among Autumn moths in the UK which arrived in the trap this morning: the Large Ranunculus. I've been on about wanting one of these in my exchanges in Comments. I have been rewarded with two.
It is a beautiful moth, dappled grey and flecked with orange in a pattern which must surely appeal to fashion designers, who have been inspired by moth wings for evening gowns. But why 'Large Ranunculus' - which means 'Large Buttercup' - when its caterpillars' foodplants consist of daisy, red valerian, delphinium, dandelion, michaelmas daisies (out now and lovely they are too) and even currant and plum? But not, apparently, buttercups.
|Who needs Bicester Village?|
|Barred Sallow - variation|
|Sallow. Update: no it's a Pink-barred Sallow - many thanks as usual to Ben in Comments|
|And again - the paler form Update: this is a straightforward Sallow.|
|The conventional Barred Sallow. Nice warm place to perch|