We cannot grumble. It has been a glorious season and the moths shown today - all arrivals within the last week - are exemplars of how long the season has gone on. The Sprawler is a special favourite; Leeds was too fizzy and active a place to have sprawlers. And although the Silver Y has been familiar to me since before my teens, that lustrous metallic gamma mark still fills me with excitement.
|A Sprawler, front, sprawling alongside that superficially similar old favourite, Blair's Shoulder-knot|
Tiny but tough, the Rusty-dot is an immigrant species, making its own way here from the Continent in the Autumn, abundant in southern England in some years and scarce in others. This year's warm weather and pleasant airstreams from the south have brought plenty of records, and now mine is one of them.
|Silver Y, albeit looking more golden to me|
|Straw Dot, one of many very late flyers in the Indian summer|
|Another pair: both Red-line Quakers, I think, though the wing shape seems slightly different and I stand to be corrected|
|An unusually grey form of the greenish version of the Green-brindled Crescent|
|And finally, today's tedious mystery: a not very striking micro which I have yet to pin down - Update: Martin Townsend of the Moth Bible goes for a faded Acleris variegana. Many thanks indeed.|