Subject: Name of moth/butterfly
Geographic location of the bug: Alicante, Spain
Time: 09:27 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello,
I have two of these beauties flying around our garden, one male one female as they have been trying to mate the last couple of days.
Does anyone recognise them? I’ve lived in Spain 15 years and never seen them here before.
They are lovely.
How you want your letter signed: Michaela
This is a Butterfly Moth, Paysandisia archon, a South American species that has been introduced to Europe. According to the Invasive Species Compendium, it: “is a Neotropical species indigenous to South America: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. In Europe it has been reported from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Spain and the UK.”