Sunday 24 March 2019


This morning – sunny at last! – I was astonished to see one of these little beauties darting from flower to flower in a garden just round the corner from our house. At first I thought it was a bumblebee I'd spotted, but as I got closer I realised it was, unmistakably, a Hummingbird Hawk Moth. I'd never seen one of these aptly named day-fliers so early in the year – they're a summer sight, and an increasingly common one. But in March? Must be that global warming – time for action, if you ask me ;-)
  I also saw my first Small White of the year, flying rather desperately in West Ealing, just near my childhood home.


  1. wow that seems very unusual indeed to see one in march! I only ever see them in cornwall in august and september

  2. Yes, I could hardly believe my eyes. Wish I'd got a photo, but of course I'm never quick enough...