The moths have done their birthday best for Penny again, with this lovely Pine Hawk agreeing to pose on our towering chicory plant, my favourite 'weed'. The early sun presaged a beautiful day with the warmth persisting late into the evening as we sat by the dying embers of a barbecue with the flame from the candle on the table giving scarcely a flicker.
I photographed the hawk from both sides and the shot of its underwing shows from the slender black-and-white fringe to its wings what a fresh hatch it must be. The third photo shows it as it appeared when I opened the trap, sharing its eggbox with an Elephant and a Poplar Hawk
Contrast it with the veteran in my fourth photo which arrived in the trap this morning, along with another very fine gathering of moths to mark P's birthday + 1. Here's a moth which has been around a bit.