This Hummingbird Hawkmoth, or one very much like it, has been visiting my garden over the last three weeks but always when I didn’t have a camera to hand. I finally caught up with this one while sitting out in my garden in Corfe Mullen on the evening of 27/08/19 when it paid a very brief visit.
It is nectaring on Verbena Bonariensis, a favourite flower of many pollinators, but seems to like any flowers with tubular petals such as Salvias, Honeysuckle among many others.
Keep an eye out for them throughout the Summer and into the Autumn, they are active even in light rain!
George’s dogs looked up and became alert when this Large Yellow Underwing landed on the kitchen floor in their Weymouth home on 24.07/19. George said it was one of a number that had gained their attention that week.
These moths have one protracted generation June- Oct and sometimes November, peaking in August. and is long lived.
It comes readily to light sometimes in huge numbers.
I went to Badbury Rings yesterday (29/04/2019), and saw this Orange Tip beside the path on the way to the Rings. The Dingy Skipper was in the valley between the Rings. Both are nectaring on Dandelions, which seem to be a popular source of nectar at the moment!
We are delighted that, at the eleventh hour, we have a volunteer to run the results meeting at Wimborne: huge thanks to Stephen Brown for stepping forward. We do, however need help from those who undertake the butterfly monitoring walks in the east Continue reading →