Hawk-moth saldo 2016

In summer 2016 my goal was to spot some caterpillars of Hawk-moth species that I haven’t come across recently. Here’s a wrap-up of all species I managed to find, including the the hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) from which I received caterpillars from a friend.

There’s a lot of challenge left for next year. Nevertheless, it was nice to finally find caterpillars of the Privet Hawk-moth (Sphinx ligustri). Another nice surprise was to spot a caterpillar of the Eyed Hawk-moth (Smerinthus ocellatus). All in all, it has been 7 Hawk-moth species in summer 2016. And bottom line, it’s always a great moment when coming across caterpillars of hawk-moth.

The Broad-bordered bee hawk-moth

Early summer we moved to a new apartment and location. The new surrounding also has new species to offer. An early (and a bit of surprise) finding I made early July where the caterpillars of the Broad-bordered bee hawk-moth (Hemaris fuciformis).

Since the caterpillars were on a nature reserve I left the caterpillars where they were and returned a couple times for more photos. Our new apartment also doesn’t have a balcony in the shadow which would allow keeping the overwintering chrysalises outside. This can easily lead to butterflies (and moths) hatching too early.

Nevertheless, it was a pleasant finding to came across a species I’ve never seen before.