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Turning leaf - Rosebay Willowherb | by Oceanraider........ On & Off for summer :)
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Turning leaf - Rosebay Willowherb

A lovely wild plant that we grow in our garden as it is a foodplant of the Small Elephant hawk moth which is a beautiful insect with pinks and brown makings on body & wings.

Some years our garden is full of their largish brown caterpillars which pupate in the earth for Winter to emerge next spring and start the next generation.

To see them hovering before wild honeysuckle flowers at dusk is a joy.

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Taken on August 13, 2009