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Big Yellow Moth !

hywel

By hywel

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A big yellow moth flew into the kitchen a few nights ago. At first we thought it was a butterfly, but it couldn’t be at 10.45 p.m.
It was a big moth with spreading wings … ! I’ve never seen one like that before.

I think it came in because the light was on, and it landed on the smoke detector on the ceiling ….

I looked up it’s name and I think it’s a Swallow Tailed Moth … Ourapteryx sambucaria.

It was still there the following morning, and also in the afternoon,
but by the evening it had flown away.
I was glad it went of it’s own accord :o)

Bella’s favourite night time occupation is jumping into the air and catching moths in mid flight down the garden lol but she didn’t see this one :o)

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i remember you saying in one of your blogs about bella and a moth (or it might have been butterfly) never the less as you say she missed this one :) much to the moths delight :) no doubt!!! your right about it not being a butterfly that time of night(as butterflies get their energy to fly from the sun)fascinates me that!!!

I saw a unusual moth at the base of my desk a few days ago, i thought to photograph it but reluctantly decided against it.. wish i had now.

iam sure it is Ourapteryx sambucaria and just looking on google large numbers are attracted to light sometimes :) if that had been the case at yours a few days ago at 10.45pm
prehaps bella`s fav night occupation may have had a differant ending. :)

from jane!!!!

19 Jul, 2013

 

We dont get Butterflies but we still get Moths Hywel and I see this one sometimes at night, did not know its name though so thanks.

19 Jul, 2013

 

Its lovely, we get some unusual ones too

19 Jul, 2013

 

Like you said it's good that it left of it's own accord because if you try to get them out they are so delicate you can often destroy them .

19 Jul, 2013

 

How lovely , Hywel , and rare I would think .
My daughter had a pale green smallish one visit , much to our delight . No idea what it was called .

19 Jul, 2013

 

Any insect flitting about the house in the evening isn't safe from pussy cat paws! They don't often make it out of my house. Well done to your moth!

19 Jul, 2013

 

Glad the moth made its escape, Hywel. We seem to have had more moths this year than usual.
Same here re cats. Mojo, 11 but still a kitten in his head, performs some pretty amazing stunts in the name of insect catching. While saddened at the demise of various butterflies, moths etc., we can't help but admire the athleticism and joie de vivre of our Alpha cat. Our 2 others are totally in his thrall.

19 Jul, 2013

 

I'm not very good with moths/butterfly names!
I saw a spectacular lack one in the fields behind us today(I was cu toting back some nettles etc that were coming into a customer's garden from the fields!

19 Jul, 2013

 

We had regular visits from a neighbour's elderly cat - now passed on, sadly - and I once saw him lying asleep, as I thought, when a large moth flew by. He leapt up and snapped at it all in one movement. End of moth!

19 Jul, 2013

 

Lovely one Hywel I'm pleased it made it's escape before Bella spotted it :o)

19 Jul, 2013

 

Hywel, I've just photographed the same yellow moth in my kitchen, I was going to ask on here if anyone knew what it was, I don't have to now 😄

20 Jul, 2013

 

what a beautiful coloured moth, we only get the brown ones but i still think they are lovely:-)

21 Jul, 2013

 

I wonder if the name Sambucaria means it feeds on elder?

21 Jul, 2013

 

I wonder ... I can't find anything about it.

22 Jul, 2013

 

i'm ok if they stay outside and can actually admire them as long as they don't come anywhere near me, otherwise scaredy cat me throws a blue hysterical fit...
Caspar's two favourite pastimes at the moment are catching frogs and moths, he is lethal as he's like grease lightning, naughty boy....

22 Jul, 2013

 

Found a reference Hywel - my insect book says it feeds on ivy, hawthoorn and many other shrubs. Probably not that explanation then!

22 Jul, 2013

 

I can identify with that, Linclass. I'm ok on the whole, but not keen when they flap around me when I'm reading in bed!

22 Jul, 2013

 

We had one of those come into our house last week! They're beauties, aren't they?

23 Jul, 2013

 

What a beautiful moth Hywel, I remember seeing one of these years ago, I'm so pleased Bella was busy elsewhere or snoozing away, they are lovely creatures....:))

23 Jul, 2013

 

Thankyou for putting photo of your Swallow tail moth on GoY. I'm interested in all the creatures that visit our gdns.

24 Jul, 2013

 

Thank you all for reading about the moth :o) I'm glad it's gone now.

24 Jul, 2013

 

hi hywel, long time no see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

think your moth is an emerald moth. as a kid i used to collect butterflies and moths and as a result became pretty good at recognising them. on the other hand i may be wrong.
dave

24 Jul, 2013

 

Hi Dave. Thanks for that ...

24 Jul, 2013

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