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Post by Lottie on 30th September 2010, 8:22 am

I saw one!! Shocked Yesterday, it was beautiful!! Very Happy

Running between rain drops, (I'm nippy.. Laughing ) I saw what looked like a teeny weeny humming bird on one of my flowers, but it was one of them there hummingbird moths. I ran in to get my camera, and the darn thing left... so um...no piccy... Embarassed Rolling Eyes
I shall keep my eyes peeled... Shocked

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Post by polgara on 30th September 2010, 9:31 am

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Post by Snoopka on 30th September 2010, 1:28 pm

Are you in the UK, Lottie? If so, I didn't realise you could see them there.
I get them regularly here, especially on the lavender plant. Although this year, I only ever saw one at any given time. They are beautiful creatures and it is a privilege and a great joy to be able to see them - one of the few reasons that makes me happy to be here.
I used to see them in large numbers on soapwort, but that was years ago. They might have become much rarer now.
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Post by Lottie on 30th September 2010, 8:11 pm

[quote="Snoopka"]Are you in the UK, Lottie? quote]

Yup! I'm in sunny Suffolk, Snoopka. Very Happy It was sooo lovely and delicate, I kept looking out for it today, but no joy.. I'm hoping now I've seen one, then perhaps they'll be mo e next season. I keep a very untidy garden Embarassed soo the wildlife kinda quite like it, I think. Very Happy

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Post by Dandelion on 30th September 2010, 9:49 pm

Don't blush about your untidy garden Lottie - I bet it's much more beautiful than a sterile load of decking or concrete!

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Post by Compostwoman on 1st October 2010, 12:05 am

Lottie I bet my patch is much more "untidy" than yours..... Very Happy

I have them as well, mainly on the sage flowers. They are wonderful to see and yes I feel very blessed to offer them shelter and food.

Will try to find a pic of the ones here...

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Post by Lottie on 1st October 2010, 8:26 am

Oh that would be great, CW thank you! Very Happy

I love my untidy garden, Dandelion, tis the fact that others don't quite get why I head for them, shrieking and waving a hoe if they try and pull up my lovingly tended patch of stingers... Evil or Very Mad Laughing

Tis so much eaiser as welll... Wink

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Post by Dandelion on 1st October 2010, 5:32 pm

My mother was trained in the 'see a weed, pull it up' school of gardening, and has never really got to grips with wildlife gardening. She would walk round our garden and point at a dandelion as if it was nuclear waste, then say 'Oh yes, you grow them for the guinea pigs.'

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Post by Sparhawk on 1st October 2010, 6:07 pm

I saw one a couple of times at work a few years ago, but fantastic to watch all the same & I would love to attract them to my garden.

The Collins Wild Guide to Butterflies & Moths, says that "it will stay for several days, patrolling regularly every 4 hours" so you may well be lucky & see it again. It also says that they "pupate in a flimsey cocoon on the ground amongst leaf litter"...

A good excuse not to be tidying me thinks... lol!

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Post by Compostwoman on 1st October 2010, 6:51 pm



Not a stunningly good image but it didn't sit still for the photo.....!

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Post by Dandelion on 1st October 2010, 7:55 pm

Lovely action shot!!

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Post by Compostwoman on 1st October 2010, 8:07 pm

Can you see its proboscis? it is there, sticking out into the sage flower...

it also liked the nearby Budleia

Amazing moths, really ARE like a Hummingbird, the sound and action is just the same Very Happy

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Post by Lottie on 2nd October 2010, 8:39 pm

Bless you, CW, that's bootiful! Thank you Very Happy

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