Last night was slightly warmer than it had been recently, so I had a quick check at the porch lights just in case moths were active.
This male Pale Brindled Beauty had tried to get as close to the *light as it possibly could:
|Male Pale Brindled Beauty - Phigalia pilosaria|
The Chestnut is a bit atypical of the winter moths, since it is patterned and coloured like many of the moths from much later in the season (it also belongs to a different family - the Noctuids):
|Chestnut moth - Conistra vaccinii|
Both of these moths can be found during the coldest months, so they aren't really a sign of the forthcoming spring, but they do bring a smile nevertheless.
* this is a very interesting lightbulb, as it attracts many night-flying moths; it's one of the newer energy-saving bulbs that's shaped to look very much like the old incandescent bulbs.