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tai haku

hawkmoths

took up moth trapping this august in an effort to see what moths I have in the garden. I'm pushing 60 species already but the undoubted highlights have been the hawkmoths:

Pine Hawkmoth




Poplar Hawkmoth




then this morning I awoke to an absolute shock. The 11th individual found on the island, the UK's largest native moth but a rather rare migrant and the star of Silence of the Lambs.....









Mistress Rose

Is that the deaths head hawkmoth? I don't go in for moths much, but we have had humming bird hawkmoths in the garden some years. Really odd the way they move.
sean

Cool. We've had some hummingbird hawk moths round here this year, I think they're probably my favourite insect.
Went

Great photographs.
tai haku

Is that the deaths head hawkmoth? I don't go in for moths much, but we have had humming bird hawkmoths in the garden some years. Really odd the way they move.


Yep - Death's Head.

I've had a couple of hummingbird hawkmoths over the last few years but never seem to have a camera on hand.
Went

Is that the deaths head hawkmoth? I don't go in for moths much, but we have had humming bird hawkmoths in the garden some years. Really odd the way they move.


Yep - Death's Head.

I've had a couple of hummingbird hawkmoths over the last few years but never seem to have a camera on hand.

What kit do you use?
tai haku

I use a rigid moth trap I got from Watkins & Doncaster - not the best by any means but seems very effective. Camera-wise I have a nikon d300s with a sigma macro lens but I tend to use a little fuji handicam for most moths. frewen

Oh how beautiful. What lovely, lovely pictures Cool I am very jealous of the death's head hawkmoth especially!

My moth trap is the bathroom window being left open. All very low tech coupled with a 1950's moth ID book boasting one or two colour plates which the children and I pore over trying to work out what has flown in.

You've inspired me to up my game in this area Cool Cool Cool
Mistress Rose

In our case until this week, it has been the bedroom window, and I wish they would go out again and not flutter round us. A medium sized moth attacking you just as you are going to sleep is rather unnerving.

Humming bird hawk moths aren't very easy to take photos of either. They move so fast you end up chasing them all over the garden.
1000seeds

Hawkmoths & Book Guides

In about September 2003 I was on the beach at Botany Bay (Margate, Kent) when I saw something flapping about in the surf. Thinking it was a fish I walked over to it. There was this huge flying insect drowning. I picked it up, just as I remembered the recent story about the giant wasps that had been flying over here from France.

It was a Deathshead Hawkmoth fortunately. I didn't know at the time, I drew a sketch, sent it off to English Nature who told me what it was. The Hawkmoths were everywhere on the sand dunes, mating. EN didn't realise this was a mating area for these moths. What I remember most though is the strength in the legs when it gripped my finger.

As for Hummingbird Hawkmoths, I cannot post the pix I was going to, because they are 2.99MB to 3.13MB and I don't know how to resize/reduce them. I've tried before and I don't seem to be able to get the hang of it. Dagnabit.....


As to Book Guides. Wildguides.co.uk have books on British flora and fauna, as well as around the world. In about two weeks time they are issuing Day Flying Moths of Great Britain, 155 species. It's about a third cheaper if you by through Amazon though.

I love your pix.
buzzy

Re: Hawkmoths & Book Guides

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As for Hummingbird Hawkmoths, I cannot post the pix I was going to, because they are 2.99MB to 3.13MB and I don't know how to resize/reduce them. I've tried before and I don't seem to be able to get the hang of it. Dagnabit.....


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I think the site software does the resizing for you (always seems to for me). Smile

Henry
robkb

Fantastic photographs Very Happy 1000seeds

Hi buzzy, thanks for replying.

it won't resize the pix for me. I have done a search on DS to see if anyone has asked this before, but cannot find any posts. So, I'm going to look online.

To be honest, the pix aren't brilliant, but now I want to figure out how to do it!.
1000seeds

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Just tried again in AVS Converter. Resized to 640 x 480. It won't accept my pix. Just keeps coming up green message, error.

Oh well.
1000seeds

I'm an Idiot

I have just realised I did manage to resize my pix with AVS image Converter. I was just trying to upload the same original large pix instead of the new 640x480 reduced size ones - which were in a different folder.

I don't know if you can see the proboscis in these reduced quality pix, but when it unfurls it to the plant, it must be as long as the moth itself and then some!






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They don't hang around for long when they are disturbed, but you can usually get a few pix before they shoot up into the air and are gone.

They do seem creatures of habit though. If they are visiting Buddhleia in one spot, they tend to rotate from plant to plant in that area at regular intervals.
Jamanda

Lovely pictures. They really do look like little birds don't they? 1000seeds

Hopefully someone has a better pic than mine, Jamanda. It was cold and raining today but it's still flying about the buddhleia.

I'm trying something different here. I've enlarged the pic of the hummingbird hawkmoth from one of the first pix I uploaded here, so it can be seen close up. It's a little fuzzy, but I thought i would try this anyway!


buzzy

Excellent! Shows it really well.

Henry
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