Would love to know what you think of the cover - we went back and forth on the final choice several times!
If you're wondering what the amazing caterpillar that got us all excited the other day will 'grow up' to be, take a look at these photographs I took on my phone in my house and garden.
These are two privet hawk moths that came to my light trap in my garden during one of the nicer summer evenings.
That's a handful - these moths have super grippy feet and they soon latch on to flesh (Mark Ward)
One of the beauties released before dusk on the outside wall (Mark Ward)
I reckon these could be male and female, looking at the difference in size and a slight colour difference - happy to be proven wrong though! (Mark Ward)
It might not have been the best summer for insects, but I'd love to know if you've seen either one of the caterpillars or the superb adult moths of this spectacular beast. Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A creepy crawly visitor got the Birds magazine team excited the other day.
Advertising Team leader, Henry returned from his lunch break in Sandy clutching a box - I was secretly hoping he'd splashed out and bought us back some cream cakes, but I certainly didn't fancy sinking my teeth into what was lurking inside. A beautiful fleshy green caterpillar, longer and thicker than my middle finger, was wriggling around, but before Henry released it in a suitable hedge (he'd found it crossing the road in front of him), I spotted a photo opportunity.
In the Autumn issue of Birds, I published a fabulous letter from reader Jackie Smart about privet hawk moth caterpillars, so off I ran to grab a copy...
...so we could take some quick shots. This is Charlotte from the advertising team.
Not sure if a copy of Birds has ever been used to help rehome a lost caterpillar, but it certainly did a good job.