Dave found these on 10th June, and tells us:
Found this mating pair of Poplar Hawkmoths while having a days fishing at Todber Manor lakes . This picture clearly shows the differences in size ,colour and antennae ( female holding the branch)
This species comes to light frequently and is the most widely distributed and common species in the UK. However to find a mating pair in the daytime is a treat by anyone’s standards.
It is found from May- early August with an occasional partial second generation in the south August- September.