|In the meadow|
Saturday morning we had a pine hawkmoth and two elephant hawkmoths.
|Pine hawkmoth (grey) and elephant hawkmoth (pink and green)|
|A handful of hawkmoths|
Then on Sunday morning we had a privet hawkmoth sitting on the entrance to the trap, two elephant hawkmoths inside the trap and an eyed hawkmoth on the grass nearby.
|The new #30DaysWild badges|
Eyed hawkmoths have beautiful blue 'eyes' on their pink hindwings, which they flash if they're startled. This is only the second one we've caught and both times they've been attracted to the light but haven't gone inside the trap.
The pine hawkmoth is the plainest of the hawkmoths we caught this weekend. This is the first one we've trapped, although we did once find a caterpillar.
The elephant hawkmoth is by far the most colourful of our catch this weekend. They're slightly smaller than the others and we catch quite a lot of them, but they are such stunning colours. They prove that not all moths are small and brown!
All of the moths were safely released back into the wild. This video shows one of the elephant hawkmoths as it warms up its wings, then takes off.