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Thursday, 5 August 2010

Thursday in the garden

To be honest we've been slacking in the garden lately. This is due to the hot weather and the fact that there is nothing exciting to be done in the garden, except endless watering and those of us that have more then two brain cells to rub together (not Lola) tend to avoid the watering can at all costs.

So we thought we would share with you something interesting that we found on our cat mint. The very same cat mint that our mum attempted to assassinate.

These little fellows and we do mean little, they have a wing span of 10-15 millimetres, are called Mint Moths or Pyrausta aurata. They are a type of moth called Day Moths, meaning that they are active during the day rather then nocturnal like most moths.

As the name suggests, the Mint moth often uses mint as a food plant, though it can also be found on other species such as marjoram. In north-west Europe it can be seen from April until the end of September. We feel especially lucky to have them in our garden as we live in the South East of England, not exactly the North West of Europe.

Please don't forget to visit our other gardening furiends and find out what they have been up to.

Thomas O'Toole, Charlie O'Marley and Lola Fannola x

**An update on the Mum.**

I went to the hospital yesterday only to find out the appointment was to see a dermatologist for assessment before a further referral to have the mole removed. However when the dermatologist examined the mole she said she was not at all happy with it and it needed to be removed a.s.a.p as it's colour was ringing alarm bells. She asked if I had come to the hospital on my own or driven myself. When I said that my mother had brought me to the hospital she decided to do it there and then.

I didn't feel a thing, not even the anaesthetic injection. This could have been due to the extra layers of fat I had put on in that general area over the winter or the fact the dermatologist and her nurse asked me about my cats.

I now have the keep the area dry and clean for two weeks with instructions not the stretch the area or do any exercise. After two weeks the stitches will be removed and then I will get an appointment to get the results. The dermatologist did say that even if the news is bad I have had the best treatment available, it's removal and she is confident if it is anything we have caught it early enough.

Thank you all for your purrs and positive vibes! xxx


  1. The news sounds good and we all lOve the moth!!!!

  2. We hope that your mom is doing well. Stay away from sunbathing!

    Those Mint Moths are really pretty! We have never seen them around here. We haves some catmint and catnip growing.

  3. Ferst of all we are glad the mom is feeling better and we will purr and purr for good test results.

    Milo xx

    Hi Lola,

    I'm on my way over for a play date. i fort we cud swat those moths a bit.

    Love Alfie

  4. The moth is beautiful; I read your FB post about the mailman catching you taking the photo!!LOL...Great news about the doctor's opinion on your mole; glad it was finally removed and the healing can begin, sorry for your discomfort though!...Best of luck with the test results, you are in my prayers and all the kitties are purring loudly for your quick recovery...xoxo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

  5. I'm glad the mole was removed, that's excellent news.

  6. Glad to hear the surgery did happen and the nasty mole is gone!

    Beautiful little moth! We have been enjoying some lovely butterflies on our lavender bush, including a Scarce Swallowtail and a Queen of Spain Fritillary!

  7. Those moths look like fun to bat around!

    We're glad your Mom got the mole removed and we're purring for good results!

  8. That moth is quite lovely. Good photo capture!

    We're glad your mum had the mole removed and are sending lots of purrs and healing Light, will keep our paws crossed for the results.

    BTW, we're not doing a garden report today because there's nothing to relate! So you aren't the only one slacking off on the gardening posts. :-)

  9. Glad to hear they got that mole off of there quickly. Keep us posted on the results of the tests.
    Those are gorgeous pictures of the moth. Lots of good luck to you and lots of purrs coming your way.

  10. We got an error message when we tried to post our comment, so hope this doesn't post twice! We're still sending many purrs to your mom (we are glad that the dermatologist insisted on taking action right away) and we hope the test results are good too.

    The moth photos are really nice - and we enjoyed learning more about it.

  11. We are purring that the news on your mole is good news...but good thing its gone!

    We love seeing the little moth!

  12. YAY that it has been removed....we will continue to purray for good test results. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  13. THat is a tiny cute moth. We are so glad Mom is rid of that mole! We are glad the DR wanted to get it over with!

  14. Glad they got the mole off we are sending healing purrs and lots of good vibes to the Mom.

    The Mint Moth is lovely.

  15. Hope the test results will be good. I am sure you are happy to have had it removed.
    The moth is quite pretty, seeing it close up is nice.

  16. We are happy you took care of that bad mole right away!
    I had a few removed years ago just because of what the sun can do to them. I have 2 newer moles that I am getting removed soon even though they look normal to my prime doctor.
    It's always nice seeing others gardens.....have you ever seen a hummer moth......I would see them on pond tours where we used to live=^Y^=

  17. Keeping you in my thoughts.. Hope all is well.. Hugs GJ xx

  18. That moth is cool looking!

    We're purring and praying for a good report from the doctor. We're glad they FINALLY removed it.

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  19. The mint moth was really beautiful and we are so glad that your Mom was able to get the mole removed so quickly. That is really the best news. We know she feels a lot of relief having that over and done with.



  20. Nice pikhs -

    Thanks fur the update on your surgery -

    Paws khrossed fur the best news pawsible -


  21. oooh, that moth looks like it would be lovely to play with.

    We are glad you were able to get the mole taken care of so quickly. we are purring and praying for good results and speedy healing all around.

    -Fradies Pip, Smidgen, Minnie (and mom!)

  22. What a beautiful moth! I've never seen one with such vivid colours on its wings -- ours are all just brown.

    Well, I'm glad you had the mole removed right away and they didn't make you wait and wait. It's also good that you had no pain. We're purring for you for a good result.


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