Privet Hawkmoth. Parkstone

Privet Hawkmoth. Photo: Bill Wiseman

Privet Hawkmoth. Photo: Bill Wiseman

Bill sent us these photos of this Privet Hawkmoth which he found in his Parkstone garden on 1/07/19.

With a wingspan  of 90-120 mm. this is our largest resident hawk-moth, which is distributed in the southern half of Britain, and has distinctive pink and black barring on the body.

The similarly-striped hindwings are often concealed.

It frequents woodland and suburban habitats, and flies in June and July, with a single generation.

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