Privet Hawk Moth

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  1. Munchie

    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    Never have my camera when I need it. Anyhoo here is a pic from my phone taken at the supermarket at Nontron. A real beauty must 4" from wing tip to wing tip. :thumb:
     

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    This flew in last night, dont know what its called

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    It's a Poplar Hawk moth.

    We had some friends staying last week and he brought along his home made moth trap .... I was totally amazed at the huge variety,quantity and size of moths which visited the trap including a number a number of Privet Hawk moths, an Elephant Hawk moth, a couple of Buff-tips, a Poplar Hawk moth and dozens more.

    I had no idea there were so many varieties that we hardly ever see being that they are nocturnal but am now considering getting my own trap.

    The main reason for their visit to us in Norfolk was to see Swallowtail butterflies which we did in good quantities at Hickling Broad Nature Reserve.:thumb:
     
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    What is thetrap like& does it harm them?
     
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    A friend lent us his trap made of a light inside a cardboard box the box then filled with egg boxes and we were totally amazed at how many we caught. They were not harmed at all. Some are really quite beautiful.
     
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    My son bought me a moth trap for a birthday three years ago, and what a revelation!! The hawkmoths featured earlier are surprisingly quite common, and given their size, how come I'd never seen one before I started moth-trapping??!!! How can you miss one of those flying around?
    But for anybody who has an interest in wildlife and photography, moth-trapping is an excellent way of combining the two. All the little "brown" things turn out to sport a whole myriad of colours. Here's another "fairly common" one - This is a garden tiger - I caught two of these only this week on the same night....

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    .... For those interested, there's a whole lot more here - all caught in my own garden ...
    http://www.strathspeywildlife.co.uk/moths.htm
     
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