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Poplar Hawk-moth

By Ade_Osman    
Our most common Hawk-moth, but that doesn't make them any easier to find. Distributed commonly throughout most of Britain, the adults are on the wing from May to July, the larvae feed on poplar (Populus), aspen (P. tremula) and sallow (Salix). Found this one in the garden hung up on the Leylandii Hedge, so moved him carefully onto this perch before taking his image.

Hedgehog Update
Hedgehogs are still showing quite well despite the onset of more cooler weather, personally I think all the rain we've been having has kept the mean temperatures fairly warm and stable and this is why the hogs haven't hibernated properly as yet. I've uploaded a video of the strange behaviour from the hedgehog anointing itself with a live toad from the previous night to Youtube makes for an interesting watch, even if it is slightly weird.
We've a Hedgehog in the box again today, but he is buried right down under the hay keeping warm, so don't know if you'll get to see much of it until this evening, but if want a peek the place to as always is Ade's Hedgehog/Fox Garden Webcam

Thanks for everyone's kind comment/votes on yesterday's image, I'm still very busy, but hopefully I'll have enough spare time to see what everyone's been up to over the last few days.....

Regards to all as always...Ade

Tags: General Lepidoptera Moths Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Poplar Hawk-moth

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AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 8:58AM
Such a strange but beautiful shape to this moth - lovely detail. I loved the hedgehog UTube video - very strange behaviour, as you say Ade!

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gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 9:02AM
A superb capture and amazing video footage too!
debu 7 India
10 Oct 2012 9:06AM
Lovely detailed image.
Maiwand 10 3 72 England
10 Oct 2012 9:09AM
A real beauty Ade. Such wonderful detail.
10 Oct 2012 9:28AM
It just looks like a dying leaf................very well camouflaged..............well seen......GrinGrinGrinGrin
Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 9:29AM
He is lovelyGrin Great detail Ade............................ Thankyou for the id on my thingyGrinGrin
If I get time later I will nip back to the youtube!
Glyn1 7 4 1 England
10 Oct 2012 10:34AM
Cracking shot Ade, superb detail.

rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
10 Oct 2012 10:38AM
Wonderful to see Ade, you certainly find them !! and photograph them too !!!
Richsr 10 91 223 England
10 Oct 2012 10:38AM
Good details and info too Ade.
Regards Richard
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 11:02AM
awesome photo the detail is superb
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
10 Oct 2012 11:45AM
The detail once again well up to your high standard Ade, the end of month is best for Westonbirt, will be there myself, try not to go on a weekend if you are going, too many people.


10 Oct 2012 11:50AM
great image here
But really want to say a big thankyou for my glimpse into your hedgehog world... fascinating
10 Oct 2012 12:40PM
Cracking detail as usual Ade.
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.7k 149 England
10 Oct 2012 12:41PM
Can't wait for the new computer to arrive... I can stay on this site, listen to music and view your vids at the same time!!!

Great image, and fascinating video (eventually... Tongue)

8 10 10 England
10 Oct 2012 1:30PM
Awesome detail in the moth image and I've just enjoyed the hedgehog/toad episode.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
10 Oct 2012 2:23PM
All of the Hawk moths are so unusual-- a great image of this one!
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
10 Oct 2012 3:08PM
You are rubbing it in, aren't you, Ade Grin. A fine capture of this beauty. Carol
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 3:26PM
A wonderful superbly detailed macro image of this rather fearsome looking Hawk Moth Ade. Furthermore the Hedgehog footage was as you rightly said rather bizarre. Great to see them doing so well, however with the rather warmer weather they may not hibernate for sometime, which may prove to be somewhat troublesome.

Take care mate

Regards Nathan
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
10 Oct 2012 3:33PM
Not the prettiest one here Ade,
but sometimes I have not been bothered about them being good lookers in the past !!
Good shot.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
10 Oct 2012 5:07PM

Quote:You are rubbing it in, aren't you, Ade Grin. A fine capture of this beauty. Carol
You are on top form today Carol!Wink A very unusual looking moth Ade, it may be rather dull in colour and appearance but you've captured it in such fine detail as always. I don't know what to make of the bizarre goings on in your garden, I've not seen anything like that before. One thing is for sure you'd never see Gary D annointing himself with a toad!Grin
carper123 Plus
5 1.0k 8 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 6:04PM
Fantastic, Ade, superb detail and colours and perfect background, not distracting but complimentary.
Well done.
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jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
10 Oct 2012 6:37PM
You are so good with this

JohnoP 11 2
10 Oct 2012 7:03PM
Great macro work enhancing the beautiful velvet like textures of this moth Ade! Grin p.s. wish I had your garden!
10 Oct 2012 7:13PM
Quality work as always Ade Wink
Ray42 9 3 England
11 Oct 2012 9:02AM
Top class macro photography at its very best and interesting write up with it too

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