This is the special house that the hawk moth caterpillars lived in when they first arrived here.
And this is one of the hungry caterpillars - they munched their way through the poplar leaves and grew bigger and bigger every day.
As they got bigger, they cast off their skin - you can see on this photo.
Eventually they stopped eating and began to spin themselves a chrysalis to sleep and transform themselves. These moths like to hibernate and transform under the earth so my peeps made an earth bed for them and put it away safely in the shed to wait for Spring.
A few weeks ago when the weather began to get warmer, the earth box was brought into the house and covered with a tall shelter of netting..and one by one the moths began to emerge. They came out one at a time and when their wings had dried and they were ready to leave they were released in the evening to enjoy the night air and to find a mate. Sadly these moths only live a short time, long enough to find a mate, for eggs to be laid and then they flutter away across the Rainbow Bridge.
Here is the last photo of this moth before it flew off into the night.
If you would like to see more about moths of the winged kind, there is a wonderful blog called The Silkmoth Spinner - click on the name to visit the blog..