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16/06/2013 at 15:22

I was thinking of trying to attract this lovely creature into my garden after my Wife and I saw them in the garden of our hotel in Italy.

After reading up on them I was thinking of planting some Galium Verum or Lady's Bedstraw upon which they lay their eggs.

Has anyone had any success in attracting these moths or if they frequent your garden what is it that seems to attract them?

16/06/2013 at 15:25

Their favourite in my garden is Ceratostigma wilmottianum, if they arrive at all they love that

16/06/2013 at 15:32

We get them on the buddliea in the gardens at work.

16/06/2013 at 16:00

I get them on Verbena bonariensis.

16/06/2013 at 18:20

Used to have a garden with lots of soapwort, too much really, but we had one 2years running, lovely.

16/06/2013 at 18:55

I'm not sure that they breed in this country.  I think they are migrants from the Continent.

16/06/2013 at 18:59

They have always migrated here in the spring and bred here in the summer, but in the past were unable to survive our winters.  

However, it seems that this is no longer the case http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/worldonthemove/species/humming-bird-hawk-moth/ 

16/06/2013 at 18:59

they sometimes breed here but nothing survives over winter and they don't go back home

17/06/2013 at 05:34

Thank you for all the replies!

I am currently reorganising the garden and would like to make it more attractive to wildlife (within reason)!

I do have some of the minature buddlia in pots on the patio ready to go in and was thinking about Verbena so it's a good start.

I'm up North in Northumberland but I know we get some sightings now and again so fingers crossed!

 

17/06/2013 at 06:03

I seem to see them most often when sitting outside in a pub garden with a cooling glass in my hand on a hot sunny day - if that's any help 

17/06/2013 at 07:44

Funnily enough I was having a glass of wine in a garden when I first spotted one!

Perhaps they're attracted to alcohol? I'd better stock up just in case!  

17/06/2013 at 08:52

I like that idea, 

I think it's going to take more than a glass of sauvignon to get them up here against all the northerly winds we're getting this year

17/06/2013 at 16:59

Newcastle brown ale in one of those hummingbird feeders perhaps!

17/06/2013 at 19:52

We always get them on valerian,they love it and we never have a year without these welcome visitors.

18/06/2013 at 06:43

18/06/2013 at 19:56

Anyone ever seen one in Lincs ? Would love to see one ! 

18/06/2013 at 20:39

not far away Nicky, Peterborough. Not this year though, not yet

18/06/2013 at 22:22

I've seen them where I work in a village just north of Norwich - not that far away 

19/06/2013 at 07:48

Ooh exCited! 

19/06/2013 at 08:36

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