A Privet Hawk Moth

Apparently the privet hawk moth is the largest of Britain’s moths. We had one in our garden the other daw. It was a shame, from our point of view that it was resting for it didn’t open its huge wings so I can’t confirm a span of up to four and a half inches. But I can confirm a singularly large insect.

Our moth had settled on an upright plant supporting post.


That post is about an inch in diameter. The beast is a couple of inches long.

I was struck by the head end – very hairy and rather mole shaped.


Now that’s really rather lovely, I think.

Apparently these moths are on the wing for a very short time in June/July. They live for about 5 weeks as moths.



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