Londoners who regularly visit the South Bank will probably know of the existence of Mothman. For several years he has brought a brand of unusual and inspirational entertainment to passers by with his "dashing, dazzling moths".
However, Mothman fans are beginning to worry following his no-show on July 10th - the day he usually performs his "atomic moth shuffle" often to a large and admiring crowd. His disappearance has sparked concern among regular South Bankers since he has not appeared for a single performance since late June this year.
Mothman (real name Robert Salmon) has graced his usual riverside spot outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall on regular occasions since the late 1980's and it is believed that his sudden departure could simply be an attempt to gain some publicity or perhaps be an attempt at nothing at all.
Anne Saddle who works for the QEH was keen to tell us how she thought his disappearance was merely something of an act on a whim. "He probably got bored and fancied a change of scenery, you know, like maybe he's doing the same thing somewhere random now. Somewhere like Bath".
Seems fairly logical although perhaps a rather radical move for someone who for many years has been a dedicated and integral element of the South Bank's 'zany and educational' flavour.
Local office worker Shane Masonry recalls how sometimes he'd come into the pub for a quick snifter. "The punters would all love him because he's such a great character. He'd do these tricks at the bar like putting moths on peoples shirts and he'd say something like "there's a big moth on your arm!" and they'd look round... and there was! We all miss him".
Riverside resident Lawcett Green also describes how Mr. Salmon would "Perform this act on up the wall over there with everyone standing around watching in amazement. I was always worried he'd get carried away and topple in the river. Maybe that is what has happened to him. But I hope not. That would be terrible. Those poor moths!"
While his absence remains a mystery the ubiquitous entertainers of the South Bank are continuing to perform as usual despite the sense that it is not only the crowds that have vanished from this usually vibrant area but also that an aura of whimsy and magic is missing from their hearts.