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26/06/2013 at 16:05

That's a silver Y joe, if you look at the top pic you can even see the Y. You won't see privet hawkmoths on lilies in the day time.

 That's a privet hawkmoth, a much more impressive beast

29/06/2013 at 08:19

Wow! That's something else! A bit like the death's head with that head marking.

29/06/2013 at 08:34

Gilly just saw your post re the hummingbird h. moth. I've seen pix of them before but didn't realise they were so small! 

Now that one is HUGE nut!!!! Can't say I've ever seen one of those- would probably pass out if I did!

I expect, like butterflies, we have different ones in the regions we're in, so maybe I won't see one...

29/06/2013 at 08:43

they are impressive Fg 

29/06/2013 at 08:48

Just clicked onyour avatar to see where you lived and what moths you might get Fg. Got my own details displayed, same when I tried others.

29/06/2013 at 08:54

How strange Nut, I just clicked on yours and got my own come up   

You could have a look on The Map!

29/06/2013 at 09:15

Never thought of the map Dove 

30/06/2013 at 19:45


My friend told me how he saw the huming bird hawk moth

 in norfolk on the common pink/ red valarian!

30/06/2013 at 19:50

that's not far away from me. i await their arrival

30/06/2013 at 21:28

Today's moth (last night's) is the elephant hawkmoth


30/06/2013 at 21:37

Deep envy from us Nut!


We must try setting up a moth trap here sometime and see what we find 

30/06/2013 at 21:42

You would be as amazed as we were first time round Dove

22/03/2014 at 17:15

I was pleased to see some Hummingbird HM's on GW last night buzzing round those Buddlejas! Hope my cuttings have taken so I can have a good few of my own!

22/03/2014 at 17:37

Mine seem to prefer the Valerian above all else

22/03/2014 at 17:50 seem very experienced so could I ask something ?

When I lived in SW France, I had an old Pigonnier and in one of the rafters, I regularly heard a knocking noise (as best as I can describe it ).....I eventually tracked it down to a hole in the woodwork and as far as I could see, there could have been a large chrysalis in there.  I didn't want to disturb things so never opened the hole up to be able to check properly.  We did have the Elephant Hawk moth about ( in fact I still have one beautiful one in a little box which had expired.)  I've often wondered if that was what was in the rafter.  Any thoughts ?  I'd  like to solve the mystery if I can 

22/03/2014 at 17:54

Hello - I'm not Nut, so I hope you and she don't mind me popping in here to suggest Death Watch Beetle - watch this and listen to the knocking 

I used to be involved with the renovation of old timber properties and the identification of DWB holes and activity 

22/03/2014 at 18:13

Dove...........sorry, can't get that link but thanks for popping in.          I didn't think DWB had large chrysalis but could be wrong.  I also should have mentioned that as far as I can remember, the noise wasn't continuous...........only noticed it for a few weeks one year  whilst I fed my Fantails and only in that one place.  When I heard it, I would sometimes tap in response..........bit like playing with a Ouiga (sp ? ) board 

However, if you are correct, it's just as well I no longer own that property When I sold up, the surveyor's were pretty thorough with the outbuildings as well as the house and they didn't uncover anything like that.  In fact, they even mentioned about an old log which I had set up in an area of the garden reserved for the wall lizards to breed in It was just  something I wonder about when people talk about insects/moths and the like.

22/03/2014 at 18:23

DWBs only do their tapping (to attract a mate) in the spring, usually April/May - would that tally with yours?

We always reckoned that DWB was much better to have in a building than woodworm - woodworm spreads much much quicker!

22/03/2014 at 18:26

Not one I've ever had to deal with fortunately, I live in a wooden house

22/03/2014 at 18:28

Thanks.........I'd have to check my diaries to be was a few years ago

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