The temperature has been fluctuating alarmingly over the new year, from biting, frosty cold to warm and wet, with odd bits of glorious sunshine thrown in. Three days ago I saw some nice outside windowsill flower displays, then two days ago spotted some bulbs pushing through in someone’s garden. When I came into work early yesterday morning, a male false widow spider was slowly making its way across the office ceiling before settling curled up at the edge of one of the ceiling tiles. I didn’t tell the guy who sat under it all day. Today I found the first outdoor moth of the year, not a plume moth as I had been expecting, but a light brown apple moth on a fence post by the main office decking. This one is a female; the male has much more distinct markings. Really not very exciting, but it’s unusual for a moth to be my first post of the year; last year, a spider and a fungus beat them to it.