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    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?
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    No idea............what is it

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    From the text, I thought it might be a Humphrey after your milk. Then I saw the picture. No idea.

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    What DB isn't telling us is that is actual size!

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    Looks like a) a moth, and b) it has just come out of a closet

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    Looks like a) a moth, and b) it has just come out of a closet
    Thats what I was thinking

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    Is it an elephant hawk moth?

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    Hummingbird Moth?

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    something that i'd probably run away from!

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    Quote Originally Posted by akidosaint View Post
    Is it an elephant hawk moth?
    A winner

    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]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Netman View Post
    Hummingbird Moth?
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    The caterpillars are HUGE and very pretty.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    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.

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    Wow! It squeaked!?!

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    How big is HUGE? The video gives no perspective.....gulp

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