They fly all day Salino, sometimes they come in their dozens. Must fly at night as well though cos they turn up in the moth trap .
I think they are mistaken for Hummingbird hawkmoths but once you've seen the real thing there's no doubt which is which
..thank you nutcutlet... I'm very pleased with that information... I've been wondering for 3 years...
that's a long wonder Salino
...and now it's all ended... bit of an anti-climax really...
Perhaps you'll spot a new species in the garden this summer and you can have another wonder
...with you just a fingertip away, I won't have to wonder long.. will I..?
..and thanks for the prompt response earlier.... I'm not one for waiting long...
Fairygirl sorry did not see your earlier post re the Hummimgbird Moth,
They are about an inch long,the body looks a bit like a bumble bee,sort of furry,when they are taking nectar from a plant they hover and a probosis just like a humming bird goes into the flower.Thay are really pretty and interesting to watch,if you think of it as a flying bumble bee with a long nose its not so scary.
Try googling hummingbird moth and see what you think.
Going back to the moth on the lily, I don't think this is a Silver Y (Autographa gamma). Looks a bit like a Privet Hawk Moth, although I can't do much with the photo.
That's a silver Y joe, if you look at the top pic you can even see the Y. You won't see privet hawkmoths on lilies in the day time.
That's a privet hawkmoth, a much more impressive beast
Wow! That's something else! A bit like the death's head with that head marking.