Ruby Tailed Wasp
I love moths but I would probably shit a brick if this fucker landed on me - an amazing Privet Hawk Moth. Has anybody ever seen one ?
We used to get the caterpillars when we first moved here in 2004, but I haven’t seen them (or the moths) for ten years. We have very little moth action these days (nights).
I take it that is a big fucking caterpillar as well
Yes. Biggest caterpillar I have seen outside of a butterfly farm.
edit: the current situation for moths (and other insects) in the UK is quite concerning.
When I was in California one spring, I drove through what could only be described as a butterfly storm: there were fucking millions of them all of a sudden. I must have killed a thousand just driving through them. Apparently that used to happen in the UK, but I’ve never seen it here.
Yep, I have seen and photographed the caterpillar too.
Astonishing phototgraph by Jason Weingart
His website is great with loads of tutorials for anyone interested in weather / astrological photos.
It is - even for a useless git like me. Some of his photgraphs are tremendous
That’s, er, a striking image.