Friday, 15 June 2012
This Lime Hawk-moth was found this morning on a carpark and was very docile, probably the strong winds and heavy rain overnight took it's toll on the moth. I kept it in a plastic box all day indoors to rest and early evening took a few photo's of it. It livened up a little so my plan was to release it this evening, I placed a couple of Buddleia leaves in the box thinking it may have a nibble at them, I have since read that the adult moth has no mouthparts and does not feed, it utilizes fats stored in it's body from it's caterpillar days. Not long after placing the leaves in the box the moth started to lay eggs! I have this evening released the moth in a dry safe place in my garden. I will put the sealed box with the eggs in the shed to keep the eggs cool and see what happens! The Lime Hawk-moth was a first for me and what a little stunner it was!