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I had a hummingbird moth in my garden for the first time this year it was on my Verbena for about 3 days then vanished and I have not seen it since, they are fascinating to watch feeding

Sue Harvey


  • We have one every year, never more than one, and it loves the Summer Jasmine and the Phlox. I had to cut my Phlox down this year as some of them had terrible mildew (never happened before) and the Jasmine had got too big so that was cut back too, so I haven't seen it this year. They are lovely.
  • I live in North Yorkshire and we've had hawksmoth caterpillars in our garden this year. Either the weather is warming up or they're toughening up! They love the strawplants we had and also seemed attracted to the nepeta. Sadly we haven't seen the adult moths but it was great to see the caterpillars.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    Which hawkmoth were your caterpillars Lorraine

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • 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.

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    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.

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