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Sunday, 14 June 2009


Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi . . Wingspan 65-90 mm. . Probably the commonest of our hawk-moths, it has a strange attitude when at rest, with the hindwings held forward of the forewings, and the abdomen curved upwards at the rear. If disturbed it can flash the hindwings, which have a contrasting rufous patch, normally hidden.Distributed commonly throughout most of Britain, the adults are on the wing from May to July, when it is a frequent visitor to light.The larvae feed on poplar (Poplar) hence the name, aspen (P. tremula) and sallow (Salix). . This particular little chap was found by the Millenium you can't guess when that was first planted! . Info courtesy UK Moths .

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