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19/06/2013 at 17:18

I'm still offshore at the minute but due home soon!

I can't wait to get cracking and out to the garden centres.

Making a long list of moth friendly plants so fingers crossed.

I hope the timing is right, some years I miss the British summer completely!

23/06/2013 at 12:55

Lavender is very attractive to them.

24/06/2013 at 07:51

On Saurday we saw our first Hummingbird moths of the year,two together on our Valerian,such a pleasure to see them returning,usuallky solitary so two was a bit unusaul for us.

24/06/2013 at 07:58

Are they the big ones Gilly? Think I asked you the other day but you probably didn't see my post.

Never seen one - I'd probably run a mile! I'm a real coward when it comes to moths - silly I know. Stems from childhood. I'm trying to see them as just slightly duller butterflies - not sure it's working though! ....

24/06/2013 at 12:28

Fg, they're not very big and they fly in the daytime so maybe you could just pretend they're butterflies. Some of the moths aren't duller than butterflies

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26146.jpg?width=299&height=350&mode=max

 

24/06/2013 at 13:42

I'm hopeless with them nut! I used to get big ones in my bedroom as a child and some were very furry and had - to my eyes- little horns so I was terrified of them! There was an old chair of my Gran's stuffed with horse hair etc and I think some were living in the upholstery. When I had my first daughter she didn't see any difference between moths or butterflies or any other insect and I tried to be like her - didn't want to pass on my hang up about them!

But, try as I might, I still find them strangely disconcerting.....

24/06/2013 at 13:51

I didn't used to like anythiung flying around me Fg but I found IDing them , birds 9r moths, improved things. That pic is an Elephant hawkmoth. The humming bird one had never stayed still long enough for a photo shoot

24/06/2013 at 14:01

I know it's completely irrational nut-  it's the only insect I have any problem with! Perhaps you're right - I should check out the names and habits etc just like I did with butterflies when I was attracting them into the garden for the first time.

24/06/2013 at 14:07

...could anyone tell me what moths these are please...?  photos taken 3 years ago on Lily 'Casa Blanca'.. late evening/dark... the moths were swarming over the flowers but most flew off just as I took the photo...  I've since got rid of the lillies due to lily beetle...or rather, they got rid of them... thank you...

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26153.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26154.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 

 

24/06/2013 at 14:10

Silver Ys, day flying moths. So called because of the silver Y on the wings

24/06/2013 at 14:14

..oh thank you... I've never heard of those, fairly common though I suppose... I thought they might be Hawk Moths... it was almost dark when I took the photo...

..strange to call them 'day flying' isn't it..

24/06/2013 at 15:19

They fly all day Salino, sometimes they come in their dozens. Must fly at night as well though cos they turn up in the moth trap .

I think they are mistaken for Hummingbird hawkmoths but once you've seen the real thing there's no doubt which is which

24/06/2013 at 15:35

..thank you nutcutlet... I'm very pleased with that information... I've been wondering for 3 years...

24/06/2013 at 21:38

that's a long wonder Salino

24/06/2013 at 21:43

...and now it's all ended... bit of an anti-climax really...

24/06/2013 at 21:48

Perhaps you'll spot a new species in the garden this summer and you can have another wonder 

24/06/2013 at 21:53

...with you just a fingertip away, I won't have to wonder long.. will I..?

..and thanks for the prompt response earlier.... I'm not one for waiting long...

24/06/2013 at 22:05
24/06/2013 at 22:15

Fairygirl sorry did not see your earlier post re the Hummimgbird Moth,

They are about an inch long,the body looks a bit like a bumble bee,sort of furry,when they are taking nectar from a plant they hover and a probosis just like a humming bird goes into the flower.Thay are really pretty and interesting to watch,if you think of it as a flying bumble bee with a long nose its not so scary.

Try googling hummingbird moth and see what you think.

26/06/2013 at 15:18

Going back to the moth on the lily, I don't think this is a Silver Y (Autographa gamma). Looks a bit like a Privet Hawk Moth, although I can't do much with the photo.

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