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Saturday, 10 July 2010

Flying visit!

I was delighted to spot at 8.20pm this evening a super Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden flitting from one pink flower of Hemp Agrimony to another just behind the kitchen window. Before it zoomed off next door to the west. Minutes later it was back for some 30 seconds before it again darted. This is the first sighting of Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden for some 3 years when there were several-7 sightings seen (mainly on Honeysuckle flowers that are barely out yet) in mid to late July 2007.
At 2.50pm the Brown Hawker that has been present since at least yesterday (when it was seen to fly off west away from the pond area) fed on a myriad thunder flies zipping around the garden this morning. The Hawker appeared to settle possibly one one of the sunlite wooden beams on the middle of the pagoda amongst the Wisteria plant. However as I approached it zoomed off west and away sadly.


Terry said...

Lovely shot of the Hummingbird Hawker..

Peter Ransome said...

Thanks Terry, it was taken on the Greek island of Kefalonia at a place called Sami. It was a lot more obliging than the one/s that have been visiting the garden. Sami is also famed for its Capt Corelli's Mandolin film connections and a great place to see Two- tailed Pasha butterflies too!