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Maggi Young

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« on: August 04, 2014, 03:01:14 PM »
The amazing wildlife on a mountain bigger than Ben Nevis under the sea off the west coast of Scotland  - read more : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/28583945
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Re: wildlife
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014, 08:31:01 AM »
This cat killed 102 bats at a bat roost in 1 week.  >:(
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2014, 11:43:57 AM »
Mother red kangaroo, her 'teenage' daughter and a young joey in her pouch. They are always in the garden and are getting quite friendly.
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Re: wildlife
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2014, 01:38:22 PM »
Margaret Young in Aberdeen, North East Scotland Zone 7 -ish!

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Re: wildlife
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2014, 03:54:09 PM »
New Zealand's short-tailed bats?
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Re: wildlife
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2014, 05:50:28 AM »
New Zealand's short-tailed bats?
Yes. Cats, rats and possums are a huge problem in New Zealand.
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2014, 05:14:54 PM »
I was wanting to clear some of the farm grounds today of Rosebay Willow-herb but finding this fine fellow feasting upon its favourite food has put a stop to it! It's a Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar with amazing eye-spots.

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Like most hawk moth caterpillars, they have a backward curving spine or "horn" on the final abdominal segment. The anterior of the caterpillar appears to have the shape of a trunk-like snout. It is this elephant look, rather than its large size, that gives the moth its name. When startled, the caterpillar draws its trunk into its foremost body segment. This posture resembles a snake with a large head and four large eye-like patches. Caterpillars are preyed upon by birds, but these shy away (at least for some time) from caterpillars in "snake" pose. It is not known whether the birds take the caterpillar to actually resemble a snake, or are frightened by the sudden change of a familiar prey item into an unusual and boldly-patterned shape.

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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2014, 07:16:57 PM »
A bit scary when you first see this caterpillar.  I have found two in different years and not on willowherb.  I wondered if they were mature and looking for somewhere to pupate.
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2014, 07:18:26 PM »
I was on my way to check the ponies this afternoon when I spotted this chap watching me.
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2014, 08:36:35 AM »
Buck shot.  ;)
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Re: wildlife
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2014, 10:50:54 AM »
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2014, 12:41:50 PM »
Wish somebody would shoot them.  Not too much damage in the garden this year so far - annual willowherb topped, Oenothera 'Sunset Boulevard' and yellow lupin also and worst of all part of Sisyrinchium palmifolium inflorescence nipped off.
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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2014, 07:37:04 AM »
A bit scary when you first see this caterpillar.  I have found two in different years and not on willowherb.  I wondered if they were mature and looking for somewhere to pupate.

Willowherb seems to be their favourite food but they do feed on other plants. Haven't seen any more caterpillars of this one but there are many Tiger moth caterpillars at the moment - one even crawled into the house yesterday! We do have a small number of bats to keep the moth numbers under control (not sure which species yet).

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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2014, 09:18:40 AM »
Wish somebody would shoot them.  Not too much damage in the garden this year so far - annual willowherb topped, Oenothera 'Sunset Boulevard' and yellow lupin also and worst of all part of Sisyrinchium palmifolium inflorescence nipped off.

Hi Roma

You could try this product and it's totally environmentally friendly www.grazers.co.uk

I've used it here on the farm against rabbits but you can also use it for deer, pigeons voles & mice.

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Re: wildlife
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2014, 12:31:59 PM »
Saw this  photo and couldn't resist sharing  it:




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