Friday, 4 July 2014

Hawkmoth

I bumped into this rather large critter whilst on my travels last week.
Meet my new friend the Hummingbird Hawkmoth aka Macroglossum stellatarum, so large it is often mistaken for its namesake.

He was quite the inquisitive chap, coming right at me to give me the once over.
Satisfied that I didn't have cheese sandwiches or anything that he was vaguely interested in, he turned his attention to the flowers of red Valerian, where he used his fun straw of a proboscis to guzzle greedily on nectar.



Don't you think that Hawkmoth sounds like a great name for a rock band.

I'll be holding auditions to start the band this weekend.

From guitarists to lead/backing vocals, hair sprayists to roadies, bring the noise people.

Fill in the form below, telling us of the special talent you have, that Hawkmoth needs.
(Triangle and spoon players also welcome.)


Rock on Hawkmothers!

29 comments:

  1. Hawkmoth - love it and giving you rock horns for that!
    Moths freak me out a bit, one monster came into the house a few weeks ago it was massive, it fell under the
    'too big too kill' category it took me 40 odd minutes to get it back outside. I even ended up googling the significance!

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    1. You've definitely earned your place in the mosh pit Tabitha.

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  2. I am great with a set of maracas!!!! Lovely filming of this splendid creature but I have to say I love the flower more!! Xx

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    1. In the style of Bez from the Happy Mondays. Get yer maracas at the ready Nikki. You're hired!

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  3. I love the hawkmoth more that the Valerian - the flower is everywhere but the moth is rare. Seen regularly on the continent, but only occasionally here and get very excited when I spy one.
    Did you make that little cameo? If so, it is brilliant, well done you. No idea how you did it. I stand in awe.

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    1. It was a first for me Rosemary. I have never seen one up close, he was very fast and didn't seem to be worried about me sticking a camera in his face at all:)

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    2. After long consideration Rosemary, I have put your name down for keyboards in the style of Keith Emerson. Get your Moog on!

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  4. Have drums. Can travel.
    Oh, and like Rosemary, I am in awe too. You create magic with your camera, Mr Paul. Every time.

    Helena and the Hawkmoths (Just trying it out... has a nice alliterative ring to it, don't you think?)

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    1. Looks like we have a lead vocalist people.
      I'll take those drum sticks off you now though Helena, you can't be lead singer and drummer. Plus I've been practising my drumming with Animal from the Muppets!

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  5. Great name for a band! I've tried to photograph these creatures but they're too fast for me.

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    1. Don't think you can get away without joining the band Pamela.
      I'm giving you the spot of lead guitarist in the style of Suzi Quatro.

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  6. That's a large critter. How did you photographed it moving like that? I like your Rock band, Hawkmoth. I will audition as the back up vocals please... What songs will we sing? Have a wonderful weekend Paul.

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    1. You've got the part Pamela. I might need to find you a partner for backing vocals and I'll be wanting to add some choreography in the style of the Tina Turner dancers.

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    2. I like the Tina Turner style. You got to find us those short and frilly dresses to wear too, just like Tina Turner and her back up singers.

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  7. What you find with your lens is amazing! The Hawkmoth is a new one to me. Great capture.

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    1. Get your shimmy on Cindy, I want you teamed up with Pamela on Backing vocals!
      And were rollin' rollin.....

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  8. Dear Paul,
    what a luck that I dropped work for an instant to look at your blog!
    Your video of the Hawkmoth is really great - you caught the right moment. (Only once I have seen a Hawkmoth in Bavaria).
    Now here is my application for your alluring band with that phantastic name:
    my career as saxophonist was stopped when moving from a house to a flat - although even holding the big saxophone always looks good! :) I can send you a video as a background singer, but honestly: I prefer the stairs of a revue. You have to ask the (professional) musicians from the Narrow-Boat tour last year whether I can sing or not... and I can dance. So, hopefully I'll hear from you, dear Sir: "You are in the band!"

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    1. We have one space left for a backing singer/dancer and you've got the gig Britta. I now have my Mothettes and I promise that your costumes wont be Black, Red & Gold.

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    2. Thank you - that's good! If you like, have look at my new blog-post (it will not be there long - I think I delete it tomorrow :)

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  9. Paul, I'm afraid I've missed try-outs!! Can you add one more Mothette? I'm good with the castanets and can play a mean air guitar with the tennis racquet! I'll agree to be on hairspray if all other positions are filled. Anything to be with the band!!

    xoxox Kim
    p.s. This is crazy big for a moth...Nightmare inducing!!!

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    1. One extra Mothette it is then Kim. I'll also post you on pre show hairspray duty. No pineapples please.

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  10. Love that pretty moth:)

    Do you have a drummer?? I love driving down the road while "drumming" out the beat to the radio-- does that qualify me as drummer potential??
    Xoxo
    Vicki

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    1. Not officially Vicki. I confiscated Helena's drumsticks as she took lead vocals. I was willing to be drummer but will happily step aside for you. I do need to pop out and buy myself a pair of cymbals now though!

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  11. Mr. Paul..thank you for your joy, sharing your enthusiasm. I'll be in the cheering section.

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    1. Cheering section! Oh no, no, no Bren, theres no such thing as cheering section. I'm giving you the prestigious position of resident Stagediver and Crowd Surfer. Have fun;)

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  12. Oooh....... he's a big boy!
    Expect to see your band on Top of The Pops any day now....Does that still exist - or am I showing my age?
    Have a lovely week,
    Liz x

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  13. I am late replying as ever. You will probably have formed the band by now...Such a shame....I can sing a little. Would have love to be the the lead vocalist, but I see that position is already taken. Perhaps I can still apply for the background choir?

    Happy weekend Paul!

    Madelief x

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