Having only seen this gorgeous moth on heathland before I was very surprised to see it here, although clearly it can be attracted to the nectar sources found in the garden this late in the season
Although it was impossible to get a clear photo of the moth indoors this morning I very much appreciated his pleasure at the gift I gave him(assumed only)of a sprig of buddleja. He clearly was hungry and immediately went round the sprig testing every little flower.
As such I decided to take a chance and took the moth outside and placed it on another sprig with the same result.
The wind was strong and frustrating but the enjoyment of trying to get a photo of this moth was just wonderful.
I love this little moth and although I didnt ever get a shot of the yellow underwing I'm sure I will be forgiven for showing a few enjoyable shots I had before a massive bee landed on top of him literally turning him upside down making my fun and his feeding finally over.(blurred shot) Pure indulgence it certainly was.
You may notice in the second shot that the moth is like holding the flower in order to extract the nectar.