#CloseToHome – 22. Surprise on my garden fence.

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I am currently doing my 2nd 366, it’s another leap year; posting ( not taking!) at least 1 photo every day. My last one was in 2012

There will certainly be variety

This is number 146

Part of my #CloseToHome series

All of the photos shown in this series will either have been taken in and around my house and garden, from the windows of my house, within up to 35 mins walk ( I walk slowly!) or 20-30 minutes cycle away from my house . They were all taken since 15th March, when I started my self-isolation.

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This is not what I had intended to post today but when I got up this morning and looked out of my back door, into the garden, this is what I saw, at eye level, on my fence – two large moths mating ( and resting) bathed in brilliant sunshine.  Quite the surprise and if you have been following this blog for the past few weeks you’ll know how much joy I get from wildlife.

They are Privet Hawk-moths (Sphinx ligustri ), the largest hawk-moth resident in Britain and northern Europe. Wing span is 9-12 cm or 3- 5 inches so big !

 

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This was the 1st view

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Side on and first view of the pink and black striped body

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Head of the male

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Head of the female ( I hope I’ve got the sexes right!)

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After they moved off and on to the wood. Unfortunately I didn’t see them fly off.

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You can see the other #CloseToHome posts here

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#StayingHomeSavesLives

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Part of why I am doing this 366 is because I take a lot of photos, I love being out and about, but often they are not looked at for months or even years  and this exercise encourages me to look at them and choose favourites. When my last 366 ended I made 4 photo books of my favourites. I intend to do that again.

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If you don’t already know my other blog 1500 Saturdays I hope you’ll pop over and take a look, though I don’t post much these days here     

3 thoughts on “#CloseToHome – 22. Surprise on my garden fence.

  1. These are real beauties! We have several sphinxes in Minnesota too, the most common being the white-lined, hyles lineata. I usually, happily, see a few each year.

  2. Pingback: #CloseToHome – 23. Surprise on my garden fence – take 2 | Helen's Photomania Blog

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