Old Lady (Mormo maura)
This was my first ever Old Lady moth, a species noted as 'local' and for its habit of hiding out in old buildings, sheds, garages and the like.
So far, so normal.
What I didn't expect was what followed:
I first noticed her perched on the inside of my garden gate/doorway on the evening of 25th June and took this photo the same day.
It's a fairly dark space and protected from the elements.
I thought it had flown away that same evening and I thought nothing more of it.
However, it was there again, in a different place on the door, the next morning.
I assumed I'd made a mistake and that it must have been there the whole time?
For the last 10 days and possibly even longer, given it might have been there a while before I noticed it, the Old Lady has flown away every evening, only to reappear on the same doorway the next morning.
It was back again this morning - July 6th.
It might be my ignorance, but I've never witnessed anything like it.
I've submitted adoption papers....
"Mormo maura", the old lady or black underwing, is a species of moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in the Palearctic realm, from north-western Africa through all over southern Europe. It reaches its northern border in the west in northern Ireland and central Scotland, in central Europe, in northern Germany and Poland.