That is a possible Ladygardener, although I would have expected to see some black spotting on the underside of the wings if it were, and it is quite a rarity in the UK. I've got another book somewhere and will look again later
Twixt optimist and pessimist the difference is droll, the optimist sees the doughnut whilst the pessimist sees the hole
Wonderful pics everyone, this isn't such a wonderful pic but this little chap was moving about far too quickly. He nearly flew into me when I was watering last evening & then I spent the next 10 minutes following him round the garden trying to get a shot. So glad to have one again though, it's the first for a couple of years. Oh it's a Hummingbird Hawk Moth btw.
Well done indeed Jilly, I've never even seen one. This big monster was lurking between some pots of spring bulbs I'd set beside the growhouse months ago. I was getting them out to check if any of the bulbs looked like they might do again for this coming year. The pots are 1ltr so you can imagine how big he was. Needless to say, I left the pots alone but he's gone now anyhow, I wonder where.
Yes he was huge was'nt he Tig, I'll just be original and call him Spidey, very obliging 'tho. He sat there while I went and got my camera to take his pic. He's lost in the undergrowth of my garden now and hopefully he'll stay there and not even think of coming inside.
Well I hope spidey doesn't become too attached to your house and garden Ladygardener...we have them here - just hairier !! Mind you when you look at him he is rather a proud specimin isn't he - a real poser !!
We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Hopefully he's gone away out of the garden completly Rosefriend but I somehow think he's lurking somewhere to pop out again and give me another fright. He looked really black in real life although the pic shows him more brown.