Being so close to open fields and a river, we often get some unusual insects dropping into our garden. Hover flies and bees and butterflies are constant visitors, but some days we get dragon flies and damsel flies; and today we had this little lovely
A Red Admiral Butterfly, and we sometimes get Peacocks too
This hover fly posed nicely while I took its photo ;D
I remember finding four Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillars in my garden at one point, and I did keep them until adulthood. They were huge, and had these nice eye like markings on their heads.
Caterpillars were like this:
Adults look like this:
I found it extremely unusual that we had them in our garden, because you normally find them out in the countryside. Nevertheless, they looked very well fed when I found mine. They made a huge amount of mess within a short time.
Well, I've never found this moth, in adult or larval form, ever since.
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