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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Bullfinches, Yes but Eyed- Hawk Moth??


Really nice to see the pair of Bullfinches again in the garden on and off between 8.30 and 8.45am.
Flying up to the tree at the back of the garden and feeding on the buds before flying down to the bushes at the back, they only flew off towards Parkhill Hotel grounds at 8.45am.
At Gorleston Library one of our users very kindly brought in a Moth he wasn't sure what it was, but one glance was enough for me to identify it as an Eyed- Hawk Moth. A reasonably common Moth but one I hadn't seen before. He had found it freshly dead by his shed in his back garden in Gorleston, but what on earth was a Hawk Moth doing alive this time of the year? I can only assume it must have escaped from a breeder/ collection of Hawk Moths and the escapee sadly met its untimely end.

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