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Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth


Posted by Clive on Fri May 13, 2022 3:49 am

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Every year I try to make time to take a trip to look for Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moths. They love nectaring on these blue Viper’s Bugloss flowers but don’t linger very long at any one flower, preferring to dart off just as you’ve focussed on them!
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by Carol Clarke on Fri May 13, 2022 4:17 am
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Oh Yes - they certainly do buzz around but you caught this one beautifully, Clive! I remember these glorious VB flowers everywhere when I was a child, not so many around now it seems.

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by Clive on Fri May 13, 2022 10:54 am
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Carol Clarke wrote:
Oh Yes - they certainly do buzz around but you caught this one beautifully, Clive!  I remember these glorious VB flowers everywhere when I was a child, not so many around now it seems.

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It is less common Carol, in line with many other native wildflowers. We are lucky to live near the very sandy and dry Norfolk Breckland where it’s still reasonably plentiful. It needs disturbed soil to flourish though so happily some of the forestry tracks have their sides scarified.
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by david fletcher on Fri May 13, 2022 12:43 pm
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Lovely capture Clive. Done well getting both rarities.
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by Mary Brun on Fri May 13, 2022 12:54 pm
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I love this image so richly colored and detailed, an absolutely difficult shot to make, you did it masterfully Clive.
I gave up to resume the Spirotromba precisely because of the speed with which they pass from one flower to another :)
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by Carol Clarke on Fri May 13, 2022 3:09 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
Oh Yes - they certainly do buzz around but you caught this one beautifully, Clive!  I remember these glorious VB flowers everywhere when I was a child, not so many around now it seems.

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It is less common Carol, in line with many other native wildflowers. We are lucky to live near the very sandy and dry Norfolk Breckland where it’s still reasonably plentiful. It needs disturbed soil to flourish though so happily some of the forestry tracks have their sides scarified.


Thinking back, you are, of course, quite right!

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by Tom Whelan on Fri May 13, 2022 8:58 pm
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Excellent capture of the hovering moth - the flowers are spectacular.
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by matty on Mon May 16, 2022 8:49 am
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Excellent recovery .. subject never forographed... :wink:
 

by Swissblad on Mon May 16, 2022 9:23 am
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Excellent capture, Clive! Lovely composition and superb use of complimentary colours.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Tue May 17, 2022 7:28 am
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Terrific capture-you really caught this one and on a beautiful flower. Congratulations!
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