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Hummingbird Hawk Moth, Weymouth

view of a Hummingbird Hawk Moth  resting on a window sill inside a house

Hummingbird Hawk Moth. Photo: George McCabe

George found this Hummingbird Hawk Moth in his house at Weymouth on 4/07/18 and says when he tried to catch it to put it safely outside, it played dead!

An immigrant species which sometimes occurs in large numbers, especially if there’s an extended period of warm weather or southerly airflow.

It flies in the sunshine and hovers in front of flowers, sipping the nectar with its long proboscis, very much like the hummingbird which gives it its name.

The larvae feed on bedstraw (Galium), and some of these may hatch and give rise to autumn adults in an influx year.

Work on Lankham Butterfly Reserve

A group of people in a field, with the dip of a pit in front of them; two are holding cutting equipment and there is a bonfire
Work party at Lankham chalkpit

A team of BC and EuCAN volunteers are working alongside contractors with powertools to clear the former chalkpit on the north side of the Butterfly Conservation Butterfly Reserve at Lankham Bottom. Continue reading