Which hawkmoth were your caterpillars Lorraine
I had a huge moth in my house, no idea what kind it was, but very nicely marked in brown shades. I very carefully climbed up and managed to persuade it into a glass, covered the glass, carried it through the house and out into the garden and released it. As I stood watching it fly away, feeling a great sense of satisfaction that I had rescued it, a bird swooped down and grabbed it in mid air and flew away with it in it's beak!!!! Oh well, at least I had the satisfaction of knowing that the bird got his supper.
One of these visited me while I was pruning my Lavender on the 1st October. Never seen anything like it before, was wonderful to watch how graceful it was
I saw one in Cromer, Norfolk a couple of years ago and was totally convinced it was the real bird! They are amazing creatures.