I'll just say that again: THREE hours.
I woke up at 1, eventually gave up trying to get back to sleep at 4.15, got up, did some work on next week's lecture, went outside, potted some moths that were asleep beside the box and set the camera to record the Dawn Chorus from silence into full-throated noise. That worked well- the owls fade out into blackbirds and it gradually gets light on the camera. I haven't uploaded it yet because I only got three hours sleep.
I went back to bed at 5, M left for woke at 5.30 and I dropped off about 6, woke for the alarm at 7.15, rolled over and fell back asleep and then woke with a start at 8.35 in a blind panic because we normally leave for school just after eight!
I couldn't bring myself to admit to school I'd overslept - I had visions of 'incompetent parent who doesn't take son's education seriously' being scrawled beside my name, so wrote a vague: it was entirely my fault L was late type note and left it at that. He. of course thought the whole thing was hilarious, although I have to say I've never seen him move so fast- we were up, dressed and in the car on the way in under ten minutes, so now I know he can do it....
It's been fairly lousy moth wise the last few days because the temperature at night has dropped away steeply. I put the box out last night, not expecting much, it has to be said, so I was amazed at the species that were waiting for me this morning.
The prominents have arrived in force, with Swallow and Lesser Swallow, Great and Pebble all represented. There was a lovely delicate Muslin moth, a beautiful Lunar Marbled Brown, an unexpected Frosted Green, a Shuttle-shaped Dart and a Sallow Kitten, which was a huge shock as it's a couple of weeks ahead of normal arrival time. The Kitten moths are some of my absolute favourites, so it was a real treat to see him (even though I had to fridge him to get the pic as he was busy, busy, busy in the pot :o)
Here they are for you to enjoy...
|Lesser Swallow Prominent|
|Lunar Marbled Brown|
|May Bug in April|
I'll leave you with the crescent moon and a Goldfinch in Thoughtful Mood....
Hope all are well?