Thursday, 28 June 2012

Pink and plump

Please forgive a little diversion from my planned observations on the Arches family. Who can resist the mighty hawk moths? They are far and away the biggest of the UK's species, entirely in a class of their own.

And look! The warm nights (still with a sting in the tail from morning rain though) have brought in these two peaches: a Poplar Hawk showing her pink slip and an Elephant Hawk revealing her (or possibly his) pink all.

We have also had the Eyed Hawk and Lime Hawk here, as well as the brown version of the latter, but they are less common. The Poplar and the Elephant are old but very beautiful reliables.

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