An ‘inspirational’ moth from Southend On Sea has been describing the moment when he received a phone call to tell him that he is currently being considered for the 2016 Nobel Science Prize. Gary Adams, who lives behind a wardrobe on Salisbury Avenue, told Southend News Network’s Chief Reporter that he is being modest about his discovery, and he admitted that he just wants to improve the lives of other moths in the UK and beyond.
Mr Adams said: ‘Like many other moths who live in the UK, I always used to come out at night and then spend hours and hours flying around aimlessly like an idiot from one source of light to another. I would just get comfortable in someone’s hallway and the homeowner would then switch the light off – I would repeat this for hours before getting so exhausted that I would have to go to bed. However, one day I was woken up by someone in a Focus ST banging out something called Drum ‘n’ Bass, and when I rubbed my eyes and wandered out of bed I couldn’t believe what I was seeing out of the window.’
Gary paused to compose himself before going on: ‘I saw outside that there was light everywhere – not a single patch of darkness punctuated by a car headlight, street light or hallway lamp. Someone left a computer on at home and I jumped onto Wikipedia to see that this was something called ‘daylight,’ and I am proud to be the world’s first moth to discover this concept. I suddenly realised that I had been wasting my life up to now, and with so much light everywhere I am also able to spot anyone chopping up an orange from a great distance. Regardless of whether or not I receive this prestigious prize, I am going to spend the rest of my life spreading the word about daylight.’
Sir Henry Flapp is chairman of the South Essex Moths and Mothing Association, and he said: ‘Gary’s discovery is going to revolutionise mothing all over the world, and our members across Essex will be especially grateful as there is currently no street lighting at night. As far as I am aware, we moths are the first species to realise that leading a nocturnal existence is pretty crappy, and we are already scheduled to meet representatives of the badger community next month to discuss the best way to move forward on this.’