Hawk-Moths

I had the most amazing moth in the trap this morning:

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Eyed Hawk Moth

It gave me a shock because at first it looked like this:

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Its an enormous moth

It was only when it got jiggled about a bit that it flashed those eyes at me and gave me a bit of a scare – which is exactly what it tries to do to insectivorous birds to give the moth a chance to escape.

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Eyed Hawk Moth from the side

There were also three other species of Hawk Moth on the trap: The Lime Hawk Moth

Lime Hawk Moth

Lime Hawk Moth

Lime Hawk Moth

Several Elephant Hawk Moths:

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Elephant Hawk Moth

And the Small Elephant Hawk Moth:

Small Elephant Hawkmoth

What fantastic moths these Hawk Moths are. Still waiting for the mother of all Hawk Moths to turn up in the trap – the Death’s Head Hawk moth:

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Internet photo of the Death’s Head Hawk Moth

This is the UK’s largest moth – 8 – 12 cm wingspan – and with a skull-like marking on its thorax. Its an immigrant and so here in East Kent we should be in a good position to one day see one.

 

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