When mosquitoes invaded the England vs Tunisia match at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, it wasn’t the first time insects had made their presence felt at a televised sporting event. The silver Y enjoyed its moment in the limelight when one landed on Portuguese striker Ronaldo during the final of UEFA Euro 2016. This abundant migratory moth with its diagnostic silver squiggle travels in vast swarms in some years, when adults hatched in Britain are boosted by large numbers from the Continent. Look for them in most habitats, including parks and gardens – as well as sports fields.
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