I planted Red Valerian to attract Hummingbird Hawk Moths to the garden…

And today the Hummingbird Hawk Moths arrived 👍

They’re one of my favourite moths, and if you’ve ever seen one you’ll know exactly why they get their name. In fact, they look and behave so much like their feathered namesake that every year the RSPB get phone calls from worried members of the public reporting that they’ve seen escaped Hummingbirds!

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Fog on the Rother

Fog in Midhurst West Sussex

Fog all day, but not on The South Downs

This foggy view isn’t unusual over Midhurst and the Rother Valley. It’s a temperature inversion in the atmosphere. As air rises it normally gets colder, but if the temperature is only a couple of °C and there’s no breeze and clear skies, the reverse can happen and the air nearest to the ground gets stuck there – trapped under a layer of warmer air above it.

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