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PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 June 2018


I saw huge moth and presumed I’d shrunk

Last year I wrote in these pages of my terrifying experience at the hands of a large spider that perpetrated a home invasion.

Now we face an even scarier menace. Moths!

Thanks to the recent weather giant moths have appeared. I saw one in my pad that was huge – I presumed it was a normal sized moth and I had shrunk.

Similar to the spider attack of 2017 these massive beasts are coming into our homes because they want to mate.

I don’t know what signals I have been putting out but I don’t fancy these moths. I haven’t even left a red light on in the window, which I presume would attract these lascivious beasts.

One type of moth we’re being visited by is the Poplar Hawk moth.

They don’t have a mouth, so they can’t eat or drink and only live long enough to mate and then die. And without a mouth I bet they don’t hang about with the preamble.

While I have sympathy for them, not eating and only trying to attract a mate – in the same way I have sympathy for the WAGs of footballers – I have to admit I am annoyed.

What kind of a stupid animal goes into houses to try to mate with other animals that live in the wild?

I hope that natural selection will sort this out. This foolish ones that come into our homes hopefully won’t pass on their DNA and evolution will give us moths that like doing it, in the words of George Michael, outside.

Don’t get me wrong, I think a nice evening in with a candlelit meal is the best way to get in the mood, but not if you’re a species that likes to fly into sources of light.


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