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Hummingbird Moth

naturenut 15 1.8k England
25 Aug 2003 7:35AM
Hi All, Last week we visited the Cotswolds
where there are huge lakes made out of the disused gravel pits and a great place for wildlife. For anyone wanting to visit the area the Keynes Country Park is a good bet.
This is divided into different areas, one is a nature reserve, one portion for windsurfing and one for boating, childrens beach and play area, something for everyone in fact ! There were plenty of damselfies and dragonflies on the wing. Also got a shot of a grebe carrying its chick on its back. I really need to change my camera though to one which I can add lenses for this type of work. I'll go back in the autumn for the tree colours and returning water birds. If I can assemble some decent shots I might upload to the photo locations.

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grahammul 14 120 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2003 6:59PM
Thanks for the suggestion Paul of getting a pond. I did notice yesterday a large number of Dragonflies at a Lilypond I was visiting. Job for the Winter maybe.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2003 7:22PM
Saw my first blue dragon fly of this year yesterday - my neighbour has a large pond so I'm hoping that they have started visiting.
grahammul 14 120 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2003 7:31PM
Thats a great idea Brian use someone elses pond.
Any more sightings of the Humming Bird Moth?
Until I can get a camera where I can set the speed myself I'll restrict myself to slower animals such as snails. Now there's an idea. There are lots of very pretty snails around.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2003 7:39PM
None today but it has been grey and windy here, so they may have gone somewhere else for a change of weather.
Watch out for those slow snails - we have a completely gravel garden but the little devils can sprint over that and then pole vault about two feet into the air. Leastways, that the only way I can see they can eat my flowers without leaving trails on either the ground or flower stem.

Now, if you could get a shot of that ---! LOL
grahammul 14 120 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2003 7:52PM
Sounds like the big brown jobs that live in vegetation such as ivy or other climbers. When I catch them they jump more than two feet and it would take a really fast camera to take their picture. they usually end up very flat.
Weather been the same here (Reading) today dull and overcast.
Been very quite here at the moment Pete's probabally gone in for a quick triple bypass. Don't know how he keeps up.
scrumpypaul 14 18
25 Aug 2003 9:44PM
those bloomin' jumpin' snails - they get about don't they! often if i'm at work early i see the remains of dozens that have misjudged their landings and are now mini-pavement-pizzas. can't think of any other explanation as i think most people round here are buddhists (!?! i wish!) so they wouldn't hurt a fly - unless it's the paper lad and his extra-wide moontain bike tyres.
naturenut 15 1.8k England
25 Aug 2003 9:57PM
Hummingbird Hawkmoth spotted in my garden in Bath today Smile
ging 14 1
26 Aug 2003 8:00PM
Hello to all! Hope you don't mind a bl**dy american in the forums Wink but I found you on my search for an Olympus E-10 that I can afford and the topic here grabbed me.
If you'd like to see some more fantastic shots of the hummingbird moth check out www.gardenweb.com if you don't know about it already. A search for 'hummingbird moth' or 'Hemeris' ought to get you some really terrific amatuer shots. Some of these folk have infinite patience to get the photos they do; mine hand around the Abelia enough that I could get a shot but first I need the camera... the old Minolta is on it's last legs and the funds for developing are running thin. I'm betting you all understand that. Rough being a non-wealthy photographer. Smile
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2003 8:09PM
Virginia, welcome to the forum and thanks for your input. Hope we see and hear more from you in future.
grahammul 14 120 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2003 10:35PM
Hi Virginia, the reason we are getting excited (at least I am) about the Moth is its very rare in the UK only seen in very hot summers like this year. I regulary see them on holiday in Southern Europe and spend ages watching them. Tried that web site www.gardenweb.com but its coming up not available.
grahammul 14 120 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2003 10:37PM
Hi Margaret, looking forward to some superb Moth shots.
naturenut 15 1.8k England
27 Aug 2003 7:34AM
Hope so Graham, also see here for some info.
grahammul 14 120 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2003 9:51AM
Thanks very much Margaret for the very informative article. I have added the Site to my favourites list.
I used to collect butterflies and moths as a boy but never saw a HBHM. maybe because I lived too far to the West.
derrickf 14 1
30 Aug 2003 11:25AM
Saw a hummingbird moth this morning in my garden. I`ve never seen one before and had no idea what it was. Ilive in Luton, Bedfordshire

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