Stealth Moths

Posted by @ 11:08 pm on Saturday 27th May, 2017.
Categories: In the garden

These things always remind me of B-2 bombers:

 

 

Opinions differ - I'm told that it's either a Poplar Hawk Moth Laothoe populi or an Eyed Hawk Moth Smerinthus ocellatus.

What say you? You can click 'em for a closer look - it's safe, they're not armed.

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4 Responses to “Stealth Moths”

  1. Glen Rayner says:

    I have done one butterfly and moth identification course so I am obviously now an expert.
    From the wings that are visible I would say its an Eyed Hawkmoth.
    To be sure if you can ask it to reveal its hindwings there will be obvious eyes visible.

  2. BG! says:

    Originally Posted By Glen Rayner
    To be sure if you can ask it to reveal its hindwings there will be obvious eyes visible.

    I did consider trying to provoke it, but it was obviously resting up on a hot day so I left it in peace. It was still there at midnight but it had gone this morning. If I find another, I'll try to get some pics of the eyes. Thank you for your expert opinion, Glen.

  3. Glen Rayner says:

    @BG! - It's a night-flying moth so probably wouldn't appreciate being disturbed during its daytime rest.

  4. BG! says:

    Originally Posted By Glen Rayner
    @BG! - ... probably wouldn't appreciate being disturbed during its daytime rest.

    I know that feeling 🙂

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