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Friday, 17 June 2011

Eyed Hawkmoth caterpillars

One of the five Eyed Hawk-moth caterpillars just out of the egg in Martin's garden 

   Two weeks ago Martin found a mating pair of Eyed Hawk-moth on a Apple Tree in his Garden at Holy Vale. Shortly afterwards the female layed eggs and today five of the eggs hatched. I went and had a look at them and after firing some shots of the tiny caterpillars and a Yellowshell Moth, that Matin trapped last night, we both arrived at Deep Point in a F5-6 SW. In two hours of seawatching from 18.30, over 500 Manx Shearwater flew west. Also, over 30 Fulmar, 50 Gannet and 2 Razorbill flew past.

Even at this tiny size, the horn at the back makes it easy to identify it as a hawk-moth caterpillar  

Yellowshell at Holy Vale 

Larva of the swafly, Nematus pavidus. This is a common sawfly that feeds on Willow. I found this individual in me wagon.  

A few of the Manx Shearwater and Gannet came closer enough for Martin to get some photos 

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