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Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 13:46    Image of day on 28 Jun 2009

The Moth trap caught its usual few hundred moths including a couple of these Poplar Hawk-moths. Hawk-moths are BIG - see the typical size oak leaf.


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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2008 at 11:34    Image of day on 15 Jun 2008

Detail of the head and antennae.


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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 13:08    Image of day on 14 Jul 2014

Hawk-moths are as big as UK moths get. With the 100 or so Poplar trees planted along the farm track we have hopes of being inundated with these Poplar Hawk-moths. For now we just enjoyed just this one.


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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2019 at 10:10    Image of day on 18 Aug 2019

The Moth-trap caught 3 different types of Hawk-moths.
This Poplar Hawk Moth is the biggest we caught at about 6cm across


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 10:57    Image of day on 07 Sep 2013

This is a Poplar Hawk Moth as if taking off from the thistle. If you look for this insect in a reference book DON'T look for the orange patches - the resting position of the moth has the rear wings partly in front of the forewings, hiding the orange for use in startling attackers.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2014 at 10:52    Image of day on 06 Aug 2014

This is the Poplar Hawk-moth showing off the orange patches you don't see in the resting insect - the insect hides them by moving the rear wings so that they stick out in front of the forewings in an atypical position. See how the wings bend under the stress of flight.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 12:34    Image of day on 07 Sep 2013

Another Poplar Hawk Moth this time shown with Ragwort flowers for scale.


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 16:08    Image of day on 10 Jul 2009

The moth trap caught a couple of Poplar Hawk-moths. Here is an image of one of them after release back in the meadow


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 16:08    Image of day on 10 Jul 2009

More detail of the head and antennae.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:42    Image of day on 02 Jul 2021

Here montaged at the same scale with a small head of Cow Parsley you get a better idea of scale.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:42    Image of day on 02 Jul 2021

Hawk-moths are, by Moth standards, really big. This Poplar Hawk-moth was a wingspan of about 40mm (inch and a half) though it seems bigger when you are handling them. The orange patch doesn't show at all on the resting insect, and doesn't get any mention in ID books or normal photos.


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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2008 at 11:33    Image of day on 15 Jun 2008

An overnight run of the moth trap (a bright mercury vapour lamp to attract moths who spend the night safely below in old egg cartons) caught about 200 moths of 30 species. These Poplar Hawk-moths have a body length of about 4cm. We happened to catch two and couldn't resist showing them together - they look different because their underwings are differently positioned.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 16:10    Image of day on 11 Aug 2011

Here it was vigorously flapping its wings to warm up for flight and making a noticeable draught and blowing dust about on the 'set'. But even when thoroughly warm and flying round the room we couldn't persuade it to fly in the right direction to get images in flight.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:49    Image of day on 20 Aug 2013

By any standard Privet Hawk-Moths are impressive insects with a body length of about 6cm (2.5 inches). This is a portrait hanging from hawthorn, although caterpillars feed on Privet and Lilac of which we have both.


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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2019 at 10:54    Image of day on 18 Aug 2019

Also about 6cm across is this Privet Hawk-moth


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:53    Image of day on 20 Aug 2013

This is the Privet Hawk-Moth in flight, showing the small rear wings.


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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2019 at 10:57    Image of day on 18 Aug 2019

This Privet Hawk-moth on the wrist provides a better idea of size.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 16:04    Image of day on 11 Aug 2011

Yes - it is a BIG moth.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 14:46    Image of day on 11 Aug 2011

The Moth trap caught this huge moth - our first sighting of a Privet Hawk Moth.


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2017 at 14:33    Image of day on 26 May 2017

On the OUTSIDE of the Moth trap was alighted a Purple Thorn Moth, a new visitor here. This little montage shows this attractive creature in three separate flights.


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