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A curious moth

July 16th, 2008 (12:42 am)

This moth, about 5-6cm wide, settled on my doorstep a couple of nights ago. I mistook it for a twig and leaves at first, suggesting that its camouflage is effective. I have a couple of blurred photographs from the first day, and while I can't be certain it looks as if it has filled out a bit and its wings have grown fuller and lighter.

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Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)

Looks like you may have yourself a poplar hawk moth!

Posted by: Chris Crawshaw (amalion)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)

It certainly does.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)

Thanks - I couldn't identify it from the web.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)

Poplar hawk moth.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)

Thanks for the identification!

Posted by: dr_biscuit (brightlywoven)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
grrr

Oh wow, that made me feel physically sick! (My fault for clicking when I have moth aversion disorder (MAD!)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)

I'm not particularly keen on the larger variety of moth either (and this isn't large by, say, tropical standards...)

Posted by: Amanda (neohippie)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)

Oh dear, you would not be happy with the kinds of moths we have around here!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)

I had a very large butterfly sit on my shoulder during a visit to Hong Kong many years ago...

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: July 17th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)

We saw some Monarch butteflies on one trip to Carmel.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: July 17th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)

Five inches?!?!?!

Posted by: Delia (chainmailmaiden)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
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That's just gorgeous! I love hawk moths they're so fuzzy :-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)

It's now flown off, presumably to do fuzzy things. :)

Posted by: stripey_cat (stripey_cat)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)

Those are cool.

Can anyone suggest what the Mirkwood moth I've had in the house several times over the last few days could be? It's about an-inch-and-a-half long, and the standard triangular shape at rest. Colours are very dark bitter chocolate and charcoal rather than inky black, in a mottled pattern (with more brown around the wing margin and more grey in the middle). In flight, it flutters rather like a peacock butterfly, and I'd guess the wingspan is the same sort of size, but it's hard to judge as the wretched thing keeps moving!

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)

At that sort of size, it's almost got to be a hawkmoth. It could be a oine or privet hawkmoth.

Posted by: Amanda (neohippie)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)

Very cool, and the tattered looking wing edges make it look all the more convincing as some dead leaves.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)

A poplar hawk moth - possibly the same one - has this evening turned up on the front doormat, at the bottom of my staircase, two floors down from my flat. I nearly stood on it, it was so well camouflaged.