Saturday, 25 May 2013

Update on Lime Hawk-moth !

It was the 15th August 2012 when the last two caterpillars decided it was time to dig in to the soil to change into a chrysalis: http://allmarsh.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/caterpillarsgoing-under12082012.html

The original Lime Hawk-moth was found on the 15th June 2012 so almost 12 months have passed!

Well today the first one has emerged, hopefully there will be more but I am well pleased to see that one has survived and emerged after what has seemed to have been a very long time under the soil and after such a cold and long Winter.

I have had to lighten many of the images as it was a little difficult to get a good image due to the position of the moth in the box. 


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7 comments:

  1. Congratulations and well done Pam!
    Super pics too,just wonderful to see and great news that at least 1 has survived the winter.....aint nature grand eh!

    Fingers crossed it'll soon be joined by some of it's brothers and sisters! lol

    Are you planning a releasing evening?

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  2. Many thanks for your kind comments Ruth!

    Nature is grand! I am going to release the moth this evening.

    There is no sign of anymore as yet!

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  3. Oh very well done Pam! I remember following this story last year, I'm so glad you have had a good result and of course it would be wonderful if more follow. Lovely captures of it too, it must have been fascinating to watch.

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  4. Wonderful Pam! I was going to ask you if they had emerged yet but your post has answered my question

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  5. Thank you Jan and Jason for your comments!

    Still only one emerged but plenty of time, I would not be in a hurry with this wet weather today!

    I released the moth on Sunday evening. It was a warm and still evening and it did not take the moth long to fly away and hopefully to soon find a mate!

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  6. I'm very jealous Pam. You have done a great job with these, never seen one, well done !

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  7. Thanks Mark! The hardest part was keeping the caterpillars fed last year!

    Still only the one emerged!

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