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  • Lavender is very attractive to them.

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    On Saurday we saw our first Hummingbird moths of the year,two together on our Valerian,such a pleasure to see them returning,usuallky solitary so two was a bit unusaul for us.imageimage

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 41,345

    Are they the big ones Gilly? Think I asked you the other day but you probably didn't see my post.

    Never seen one - I'd probably run a mile! I'm a real coward when it comes to moths - silly I know. Stems from childhood. I'm trying to see them as just slightly duller butterflies - not sure it's working though! ....image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Fg, they're not very big and they fly in the daytime so maybe you could just pretend they're butterflies. Some of the moths aren't duller than butterflies

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 41,345

    I'm hopeless with them nut! I used to get big ones in my bedroom as a child and some were very furry and had - to my eyes- little horns so I was terrified of them! There was an old chair of my Gran's stuffed with horse hair etc and I think some were living in the upholstery. When I had my first daughter she didn't see any difference between moths or butterflies or any other insect and I tried to be like her - didn't want to pass on my hang up about them!

    But, try as I might, I still find them strangely disconcerting.....imageimage

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I didn't used to like anythiung flying around me Fg but I found IDing them , birds 9r moths, improved things. That pic is an Elephant hawkmoth. The humming bird one had never stayed still long enough for a photo shoot

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 41,345

    I know it's completely irrational nut-  it's the only insect I have any problem with! Perhaps you're right - I should check out the names and habits etc just like I did with butterflies when I was attracting them into the garden for the first time.image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...could anyone tell me what moths these are please...?  photos taken 3 years ago on Lily 'Casa Blanca'.. late evening/dark... the moths were swarming over the flowers but most flew off just as I took the photo...  I've since got rid of the lillies due to lily beetle...or rather, they got rid of them... thank you...

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Silver Ys, day flying moths. So called because of the silver Y on the wings

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..oh thank you... I've never heard of those, fairly common though I suppose... I thought they might be Hawk Moths... it was almost dark when I took the photo...

    ..strange to call them 'day flying' isn't it..

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