We've just had a whole lot of well overgrown ivy chopped down - it was beginning to creep in round my son, Max's bedroom window which he's not been too happy about considering he hates spiders and is convinced they all come rampaging into his room purely to frighten him. Graham isn't keen on them either. Why is it that it's mostly men who are scared of spiders? I've had to be the spider-catcher in our household for years!
However, Max discovered this large moth in our bathroom last night - he was fascinated by the size of it and I was called into action to help rescue it. It was too large for Max to comfortably hold it in his hands without fear of damaging its wings, but he used a spider-catching contraption (a gift from an ex-girlfriend I believe!) to capture it and we let it happily fly out through the window. Pretty sure it must've been living/resting amongst all the ivy and flown first into Max's room through the window then followed the lights on the landing into the bathroom. Graham spotted a similar one (guessing not the actual same one) this morning when the remainder of the ivy was being cut down.
I've tried "googling" to see if I can spot what moth it is but without much success. It was very dark looking, almost black really, but the flash of the camera on the photos I hurriedly took (this was at 2 in the morning I might add!) make it appear much lighter than it was but at the same time clearly show its markings. I would estimate its resting wingspan was around 5-6 cm and its colouring mostly dark brown. It's probably a very common moth but I'd love to know which one.