Small Elephant Hawkmoth © Harry Mole 2018
Alfie spotted this beautiful Small Elephant Hawkmoth (Deilephila porcellus) on the back door this morning. There are 17 hawkmoths that can be found in UK – this one is about the most colourful – even more striking than the Elephant Hawkmoth although more localised. Also probably the smallest with a wingspan of about 50mm.
It wasn’t on a very pleasant background, but was drowsy enough for me to move it onto a cherry leaf and grab my camera.
European Garden Spider © Harry Mole 2017
I think black & white macro is a bit weird, but I like it in this case because it really emphasises the silk. I saw this Araneus diadematus eating prey yesterday, but it’s web was destroyed in the rain last night. It was really amazing to watch it start from scratch…
Lime Hawkmoth caterpillar © Harry Mole 2017
Just found a lime hawkmoth (Mimas tilae) caterpillar in the garden while picking apples. It was under the tree so I assume it fell out because there wasn’t really anywhere else it could have been, but it doesn’t belong on apple so I’m a bit worried about it…
Leopard slug © Harry Mole 2017
I watched this leopard slug (Limax maximus) going round in an almost perfect circle for about 20 minutes. Seems like very strange behaviour…
Herring Gull © Harry Mole 2017
I don’t know who was more surprised when I opened the window of the loft bedroom today, me or the herring gull (Larus argentatus) fledgling. I love herring gulls,
Meadow Brown © Harry Mole 2017
I spent the weekend camping at Chiddingly in East Sussex. It was beautiful with blue skies at temperatures well into the 30s. There were Meadow Browns (Maniola jurtina) everywhere.
Silver studded blue © Harry Mole 2017
I was really keen to see and photograph Silver-studded blues (Plebejus argus) – they’re a rare butterfly in UK with just a few colonies on some specific heathland and coastal sites, mostly in Southern England.