It is a shame that many moths are nocturnal and never seen. Some may not, at first glance, seem very much to look at but even what seems a rather dull specimen reveals beauty when seen close up under the magnification of the camera lens.
The light brocade (Lacanobia w-latinum) is quite common, even if rarely seen, in southern England being on the wing as an adult from May through until July. Here in the south in good years there is sometimes a second brood in late September and on into October. It is moth who frequents dry, scrubby places where the larvae feed on a wide range of woody plants and so, in a garden near such habitat and with woody shrubs in it there is always a chance of seeing the adult at rest or at the window. The larvae pupates in the autumn and over winter as a pupa before hatching in the late spring.