The Vapourer Moth....and finally the female.

 I knew that I had larva of The Vapourer moth in good numbers in the garden but up till now I had not seen, ever come to that, the female. The females are flightless and in no way resemble the males. During the day whilst in my cigar den Sarah noticed a moth alight the underside of a plant close by. What a surprise we were to both get as on inspection I immediately recognised the flying moth as a Vapourer, and in the process of mating with a female, I could not believe my luck. Throughout the day I kept an eye on the female, she did not venture from the cocoon but began to lay eggs. Fantastic new wildlife encounter.