Thursday 22 September 2016

Eyed Hawk-moth

Eyed Hawk-moth (with our crazy hound Coco in the background) - courtesy of our neighbour Neil who discovered it whilst collecting cooking apples in his garden. I think it's pretty much fully grown - a fabulous caterpillar. Many thanks Neil.
Birding very slow at the moment. A quick look at Orcombe this evening revealed 10 Wheatears, 2+ Yellow Wagtails and c50+ Meadow Pipits.

Think this is a Southern or maybe Migrant Hawker - Orcombe Point. Patrolling backwards and forwards along Gore Lane - nicely sheltered from the wind. Surprisingly well camouflaged when settled. Can't get massively excited about dragonflies though.

Copper Underwing. A tatty individual but the first I've seen this year.

Tortrix sp


  1. That's a Southern Hawker, Matt. The broad antehumeral stripes on the thorax are diagnostic: Migrant Hawkers never have antehumerals like that one.

  2. That's great Tim - many thanks.I need to go and look up 'antehumeral stripes' though. You can probably tell I know absolutely nothing about dragonflies!