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Hi Mike, certainly is Epilobium angustifolium, I can say this now with great confidence having checked the link to Brickfields and compared to the piccy of the flower to the ones in the garden. Should be easy to nurture for the future. 

Danial, I'll have to sort out some piccies of our garden, though it is not now at its best as most of the poppies and corn flowers are finished. They were self set from last year so though we had early flowering the garden now looks rather bare. Have to work on this for next year.



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 I had presumed it was the willow herb that I have that you were all talking about but now realise it wasn't. Here I have the Broad-leaved Willow Herb - Epilobium Montanum as a weed and it is that which these caterpillars always feed on.
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Hi Suzi, I wouldn't rely on my identification of a plant, I'm terrible, though it did look like E.angustifolium from the piccies on Brickfields it could well be Epilobium Montanum, if I post up a piccy would anyone be able to confirm the ID?
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We found 3 more today,

They were feeding on a yellow flower next to the Willow Herb (yellow flowers without the red centres in piccy below)

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I would agree with that, David - which just led to a fruitless search of my Evening Primrose! Mind you, this grows only in my reptiliaries so the caterpillars may well get eaten when young.

I note Collins Field Guide to caterpillars lists both Willowherbs and Evening Primrose as foodplants together with Bedstraw, Bogbean and Fuschia in gardens (can't find any on that either!)

Haven't found any this year but I do think the green caterpillars of this sepcies are exceptionally gorgeous.

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Well I'll make sure we have both Evening Primrose and Willowherb growing together again for next year, a fortunate if accidental combination. They can keep off me Fushias though  (only kidding )

I was amazed at the rate the one pictured above was grazing, the leaf he was pictured on is no more, and he is now half way through another.

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Quick piccy for Danial, you can see my idea of a flower border above, now our wildlife pond, 

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Are the elephant hawk moth poision’s to cats please ?
Both my cats have brought two in thanks
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No, despite their fearsome appearance, neither the moths or caterpillars are poisonous to people or pets.
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