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13th July 2009, 01:58 PM #1
Guess the beastie!
This cute little chap appeared in our neighbours garden over the weekend, and I was rather chuffed to see it as the last time I saw one was over 20 years ago!
Can anyone guess what it is?
13th July 2009, 02:05 PM #2
No idea............what is it
13th July 2009, 02:08 PM #3
From the text, I thought it might be a Humphrey after your milk. Then I saw the picture. No idea.
13th July 2009, 02:08 PM #4
What DB isn't telling us is that is actual size!
13th July 2009, 02:11 PM #5
Looks like a) a moth, and b) it has just come out of a closet
13th July 2009, 02:11 PM #6
Thats what I was thinking
Originally Posted by tom_newton
13th July 2009, 02:16 PM #7
Is it an elephant hawk moth?
13th July 2009, 02:17 PM #8
13th July 2009, 02:24 PM #9
something that i'd probably run away from!
13th July 2009, 02:25 PM #10
Originally Posted by akidosaint
Yes it is. They're not uncommon, and are one of the UK's largest moths. They spend a lot of time in the top of trees and deep in hedgerows which is why you don't see them very often. I did see one of their caterpillars last year though for the first time. I had to rescue it from crossing a busy road. The caterpillars are HUGE and very pretty.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju3yd1iX1Kc"]YouTube - Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar. Cullompton Devon[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-UEa75L4KA"]YouTube - hunting elephant hawkmoth[/ame]
13th July 2009, 02:27 PM #11
The Hummingbird Hawkmoth is rather rarer, as it is migratory, but I've seen more of them (particularly in the past few years) than I have of the Elephant Hawk Moth. They like the lavender in our garden.
Originally Posted by Netman
13th July 2009, 03:14 PM #12
I remember me and my sister finding a Death's-head Hawkmoth caterpillar in our garden once. It was bright green, longer than my index finger and good and chubby - it looked like the kind of thing Ray Mears could dig out of a rotting log in Africa and make a whole meal out of. It also squeaked when we poked it, which made me and my sister jump somewhat.
Originally Posted by Dos_Box
13th July 2009, 03:30 PM #13
Originally Posted by dhicks
Wow! It squeaked!?!
13th July 2009, 03:34 PM #14
How big is HUGE? The video gives no perspective.....gulp
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