14 January, 2015

First moth of 2015

Much in the same way that Steve Gale runs a competition for the first person to see a Wheatear every spring, I too run my own wildlife-inspired competition early in the year. However, instead of congratulating people finding Wheatears, my competition celebrates the first moth to be flying in the harsh conditions of early-January, and the hardship and determination that comes with survival at this time of year.

Granted there are a few flaws in the idea; obviously there is no way of awarding a moth with an actual trophy, which means that the competition usually just ends in me buying myself a congratulatory Creme Egg and eating it in alone in the street whilst harbouring a mixture of powerful emotions including (but not limited to) smugness, self-guilt, embarrassment and confusion.

Anyway, the 2015 'trophy' goes to this Dotted Border which was attracted to the lit kitchen window yesterday night! Whoop!

Funnily enough, Dotted Border won the competition last year, and I took a really interesting investigative look into its unusual life-cycle in this blog post... here.


Steve Gale said...

Bill, love the idea of awarding oneself a Creme Egg and scoffing it in the street, full of mixed emotions. For this I award you the most surreal blog post so far in 2015 award. Will present you with your chocolate themed prize when I hopefully see you later in the year - maybe a moth bashing episode on a Surrey down land?

Billy Dykes said...

Many thanks for the award, Steve. Most surreal blog post? I don't know whether to feel honoured or not!

A moth/insect/plant bashing episode on the Downs is most definitely in order!