wow! that is impressive! flying fuschia!
TWG, yours is a much better name than Elephant Hawk-moth!
Je suis réellement étonnée par la beauté de ce papillon... que ce soit par sa forme et ses couleurs extraordinaires.Très jolie photo et merci pour le partage.Gros bisous.
Thanks Martine, glad you like it.
WOW!!! And, I like your grape cluster! blessings ~ tanna
Dear Jerry!A moth of incredible beauty! Thanks for showing these wonders! Have nice day in the great outdoors!(May I inspire to your moth picture for paint a moth close flower?)Warmly,Rita
Rita, that sounds like a challenge!
Never seen one of these before - what gorgeous colours and yes it does look like an elephant - incredible thank you for sharing
Thanks Sharon, yes the body does look rather trunk like. I have read that the name refers to the fact that the caterpillar looks even more so. Have you noticed that the tip of its abdomen looks slightly damaged; I wonder if it grew like that or perhaps it had a close shave with a passing bat?!
As a child I had seen many times those months :) They are uniquely beautiful.
As you rightly say "uniquely beautiful". I saw several last year but only one so far this year and I think their main season will be over fairly soon.
Wow, that is beautiful! I've never seen a moth like that! Thanks for sharing:)
Tammy, it's amazing the wonders that fly about at night.
Maravillosos colores. Me quedo en la duda de si es una mariposa nocturna o una polilla. Estupenda fotografía, Jerry.
Francesc. Es una polilla!
Hola Jerry. No conocía esta bella y colorida mariposa. Acabo de leer que les gusta nutrirse del nectar de la flor llamada madreselva (honeysuckle) además estas flores desprenden uno de mis aromas favoritos. Estupenda foto!!
Hola Sonia. Yes they feed on Honeysuckle nectar and the caterpillar feed mostly on rosebay willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium).
What a beauty you captured, in more ways than one, Jerry. I have only ever seen them in pictures. How I wish I had night vision! :-)
This one is in great condition Jan; they can get quite 'worn' looking.
Maravillosa fotografia. Que colores. La primera vez que veo esta mariposa. Un gran profesional me pareces. Un saludo
Thank you Eva. I've just been looking at your blog - I love your work; La Charca is so fresh with lovely definition. Also I enjoyed comparing the pictures in your Playas del Norte series.
I have never seen anything like this before, Jerry. This moth is truly beautiful..the colors are amazing!! Excellent photography !!
Thanks Hilda, Yes, it's an amazing moth.
WOW!! That's amazing! Nice shot Jerry!
Thanks Liz, it was very obliging.
My thoughts are those of Liz. Did you hear a fabulous half hour documentary on Radio 4 last night, all about moths? It was the sort of programme that Radio 4 does best: take a minority subject, have lots of people talk about it, and leave you wanting to know more.
Cheers Ben, I missed the radio 4 programme certainly sounds just up my street.
Here is the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010t6nr/Requiem_for_a_Moth/ - it is a 30 minute programme, and a half hour well spent.Thanks, by the way, for the follow!