Very Rare Moth!

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Neil Hulme
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Very Rare Moth!

Postby Neil Hulme » Sat Jun 14, 2008 8:55 am

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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Re: Very Rare Moth!

Postby Susie » Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:20 pm

What a cracking find and a lovely picture too. Well done!

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Re: Very Rare Moth!

Postby Neil Hulme » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:00 am

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

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Re: Very Rare Moth!

Postby Perseus » Thu Jun 19, 2008 6:30 pm

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

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Re: Very Rare Moth!

Postby Neil Hulme » Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:17 pm

Hi Andy,
The Spurge was trapped by Penny and Dave Green on the 9th June - full details on BC Sussex website.
Neil

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Re: Very Rare Moth!

Postby Perseus » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:48 pm

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

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Re: Very Rare Moth!

Postby cheddar-caveman » Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:29 pm

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!

Postby Neil Hulme » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:32 am

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

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Re: Very Rare Moth!

Postby Martin » Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:59 pm

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.

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Re: Very Rare Moth!

Postby Matsukaze » Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:38 pm

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.


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