Elephant Hawk Moth
Whilst we’re on the topic of spectacular insects, here’s an Elephant Hawk Moth who flew into the house recently. Luckily I was in the garden watering the plants, because apparently he flew straight through the patio door, crashed into the light on the wall and fell onto the sofa exactly where I always sit. If I had been sitting there the outcome wouldn’t have been good for either of us, I don’t think! 😀
He’s so very beautiful that I couldn’t resist taking some pictures of him. We’d caught him in a pint glass with an envelope to rescue him, then left him on the table in the dark kitchen while I finished up the watering and came to have a proper look at him. I walked into the kitchen and he was fluttering about in the glass, but the moment I switched the light on he became totally motionless, like a statue. I had a devil of a job persuading him off the envelope onto plain white paper because he wouldn’t budge at all! In the end a sprig of ceanothus persuaded him to move his little feet. He didn’t move a muscle the whole time I was photographing him, which I guess is a reflex reaction to sun-like light – to stay still and camouflaged during the day.
After his photo-call I put him gently, still on his twig, on the jasmine plant outside the door. Within a couple of minutes he’d flown off to continue his nightly adventures.