“Are you a drinker?”

This dumpy moth is called The Drinker – not strong cider or a craft beer, but simply the dew that gathers on long strands of grass in ditches and below hedgebanks. And it’s the caterpillar, not the moth, that sups it up – on a still night it’s gentle chomping can actually be heard. The caterpillar is large, hairy and carries some bright colours amidst its dark fur. Haven’t seen one for quite a while (the last one was near Nottingham Hill this side of Cheltenham) and this is the first moth in the trap for a two or three years. I always think it looks a bit like a hedgehog.

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