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My son was telling me yesterday about sightings of the Humming bird moth over the last few days in Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire. One hour later I spotted one on a buddleia having never seen (or even heard of) one before - 7 miles south of Stratford upon Avon
We saw one of these moths last Sunday 31 August, it was feeding from a geranium in one of our hanging baskets, I was so astounded that I forgot to get the camera out.
I think this must be the furthest North yet, just 5 miles South of Loughborough
Its probably the same one, come over from Europe for a whistle stop tour? LOL
Hello I found this site after seeing what I at first though was a humming bird! (As I also have an interst in photoghraphy I have joined up & joined in with your discussion!) I rushed for my camera but by the time I returned it had gone. I too live in Reading so maybe it's the same one you've seen Graham. Maybe it will return & I can try to get a shot of it!
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With a bit of luck you'll find it comes back. It seems to like certain types of flower.
I live in Tilehurst just a few hundred yards from the countryside West of Reading. Could it be the same one? I imagine they have an operational radius of a mile or two.Saw my one yesterday but now I just watch it.
A new challenge - I today was able to confirm that we do have a Hornet Moth in the area (Christchurch, Dorset). It came up and introduced itself today as I was washing the car (nearly hit me in the face!). Anybody able to get a shot, lets see it. It looks like a large but fluffy hornet with a bright yellow bum. Makes even more of a buzz than the humming bird moth.
Lets not mistake a real Hornet for the moth as it has more than a loud buzz.
Haven't seen one here yet Brian but I would probabally run for it if I did. Seen your HBHM recently?
If all else fails, turn it up and look for the spike on its bum?! LOL
I did check in my bee and butterfly book just to be certain.
No, my HBHM has gone, (northwards by all the latest reports)
I see this thread has gone quiet since 4th Sept but saw the hbhmoth for the second time today in Bath, it could have been around but I haven't had much time to look. Is anyone else still seeing them ?
Haven't seen the HBHM for more than a week now Margaret. My Isotoma has started to go over so perhaps my garden no longer measures up. Or perhaps its deceased.
Saw it briefly last Thursday, but it didn't settle - a quick sweep around the garden then off. I think they will be heading south with the swallows!
I spent thirty minutes watching one flying around some lavender this afternoon. That was in South Manchester. Didn't manage to get any shots as it was constantly flitting between the flowers.
Well folks, I'm late joining in on the HBHM issue. I saw one in our garden here in Aldershot some 2 weeks ago, but only today have managed to get confirmed as to what it was. I know little about this most fascinating creature, so any info would be gratefully received.
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