Mi­grant moth

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - WILD OCTOBER -

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.

Learn more about moths at uk­moths.org.uk

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