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Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar

Caught this monster of a caterpillar in the garden today.Our Border Terrier was fascinated image

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Nice photos Fishyimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,004

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    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,267

    Lol Dove. Thank you nut,I've got both Ash and Lilac in the garden which they like,no Privet though. He had wandered into the open a bit too much so helped him back under cover,though I think it would take a crow to eat him. A poor blackbird would probably faint.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,004

    I vividly remember as a child, finding one in the middle of a field of unripe wheat . Being a properly brought up young naturalist I left it where it was, hoping that it knew better than I did what was good for it to eat - but I can cast my mind back at least 50 years and remember coming face to face with it - don't ask what I was doing almost hidden in the middle of one of Pa's fields of wheat - there must've been a reason - I knew better than to walk into standing wheat for no reason at all image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,004

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    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,267

    I wonder how it got there Dove image I don't have any farmer blood as far as I know,my Dad was a bricklayer and I followed in his footsteps until I met Mrs Fish.

    I do remember damming up streams though with mud and sticks,climbing on farm equipment in the big barns which I now know is dangerous. Oh and scrumping image Cherry knocking,playing iakie (sp?) Bike rides,building tree camps. I was a child of the 70s but health and safety would probably have a seizure if they read this.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I've got some Privet hawk moth pics . I'll have a rummage in the files this evening

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,267

    Oh nice one nut image

  • BamboogieBamboogie Posts: 239

    What a gorgeous beasty! War strip marking! The gnome in the second photo didn't stand a chance!!image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,004
    Fishy65 wrote (see)

    I wonder how it got there Dove image I don't have any farmer blood as far as I know,my Dad was a bricklayer and I followed in his footsteps until I met Mrs Fish.

    I do remember damming up streams though with mud and sticks,climbing on farm equipment in the big barns which I now know is dangerous. Oh and scrumping image Cherry knocking,playing iakie (sp?) Bike rides,building tree camps. I was a child of the 70s but health and safety would probably have a seizure if they read this.

    I did all those things, and more - including making camps in dry ditches and in the top of straw stacks and helping Pa to burn the fields of stubble - we learned to assess danger and make decisions and accept consequences.  

    My  children were children of the 70s - setting off on bike rides with a piece of bread, an apple and a bottle of water, in and out of the neighbours' houses as if they were their own, damming the village stream and flooding the bottom end of the village and being looked after, cared for and reprimanded by everyone, because everyone knew them and their parents. 

    I'm sure there are things that children have nowadays that we missed out on, but I wouldn't swap. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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