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Very Rare Moth!

Posted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 8:55 am
by Neil Hulme
Hi all,
Last week I was privileged to see this fine beastie. It's the excessively rare Spurge Hawkmoth, trapped by some friends at Shoreham, right on the Sussex coast. There are only a handful of UK records in the last 100 years, although the species was known to breed very locally (Devon, Cornwall, Suffolk, Essex) during the C19th. Many thanks to Pen and Dave for letting me in on this one.
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Neil

Re: Very Rare Moth!

Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:20 pm
by Susie
What a cracking find and a lovely picture too. Well done!

Re: Very Rare Moth!

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:00 am
by Neil Hulme
Thanks Rosy,
I'm not the world's greatest moth-er, but chances like that don't come along too often! But all Hawkmoths are cool. 8)
Neil

Re: Very Rare Moth!

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 6:30 pm
by Perseus
Hello,

Is there a date for the sighting please?

I live in Shoreham and I would like to include the report on my local Nature Notes and the picture with permission. With credits, of course.

Adur Butterfly & Large Moth List
http://www.glaucus.org.uk/Butterfly-list2008.html

Cheers

Andy Horton
glaucus@hotmail.com
Adur Valley Nature Notes
http://www.glaucus.org.uk/Adur2007.html
http://www.glaucus.org.uk/Adur2008.html
Adur Valley Nature Notes: June 2008
http://www.glaucus.org.uk/June2008.html

Adur Valley & Downs Gallery
http://www.flickr.com/groups/adur/pool/

Re: Very Rare Moth!

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:17 pm
by Neil Hulme
Hi Andy,
The Spurge was trapped by Penny and Dave Green on the 9th June - full details on BC Sussex website.
Neil

Re: Very Rare Moth!

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:48 pm
by Perseus
Hello,

Thanks. I had already found this and updated my web pages.

Cheers

Andy Horton
glaucus@hotmail.com
Adur Valley Nature Notes
http://www.glaucus.org.uk/Adur2007.html
http://www.glaucus.org.uk/Adur2008.html

Re: Very Rare Moth!

Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:29 pm
by cheddar-caveman
Well done Sussex! Beautiful picture! Like you, I think the Hawks are cool and here's one on our Budlia last year, my first attempt of freezing such a fst flier! Unfortunately the Budlia has died from Honey Fungus so one source of butterflies and moths has gone :(

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Re: Very Rare Moth!

Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:32 am
by Neil Hulme
Hi cheddar-caveman,
I just LOVE 'Hummers'! We were spoilt by the 2006 influx and I really missed them last year. Let's hope they come over in numbers again soon.
Neil

Re: Very Rare Moth!

Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:59 pm
by Martin
If you like Hawk moths...

Elephant
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Small Elephant
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Poplar
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Lime
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Martin.

Re: Very Rare Moth!

Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:38 pm
by Matsukaze
I am a big fan of the Hummingbird hawk-moth too. Paradise was reached in February this year, in Merida in Spain. Here there are extensive Roman ruins, which for some reason were highly attractive to our hovering friends, and several could be seen at once working their way around the walls (I am not quite sure what they were doing, as there were no nectar sources to be seen).

One day I must try a suggestion from John Bebbington of the Somerset Moth Group, who planted part of his garden with nectar sources (red valerian I think) and the low-growing foodplant (lady's bedstraw) in front of that, and the moths came to feed and breed. The caterpillars are pretty exotic in their own right.