|Seen here with a small friend|
|And now he's gone; but the Drinker is looking a trifle wary|
It comes from the habit of the very handsome caterpillar of climbing the grass stalks on which it feeds to sip at moisture - usually dewfall, sometimes rain, suspended at the top. Whether this gives the adult moth its rather concentrated look, like a pub regular hunched over his pint, is another matter. Either way, I owe the Drinker a debt of thanks as it played a part in developing my interest in butterflies, moths and Nature more widely.
|Many thanks to the RSPB for this|
There was also a handsome Buff Arches, seen below asleep and then after being disturbed by my clumsy fingers and thumbs. This had the happy result of the moth spreading its wings and showing more of their fascinating pattern, including what looks like a swirl of Arabic script. It doesn't usually deign to put on this show.
There was also this crash-landed Buff-tip in the most peculiar position I have ever seen for this moth, which normally furls its wings tightly to resemble - uncannily - a broken-off beech twig. Here it looks more like a kitten sticking out a very large tongue.
Slumberers on the trap's transparent shield meanwhile included this Beautiful Hook-tip below, a current regular visitor which I can never resist showing, while nearby on the grass was a ghostly White Satin moth, a new arrival for this year.