Eyed Hawkmoth from England

Subject:  Moth Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  England
Date: 06/25/2018
Time: 10:20 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this moth in a tunnel my mother is keen to identify
How you want your letter signed:  Amy

Eyed Hawkmoth

Dear Amy,
This is a Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae, and we quickly identified it as an Eyed Hawkmoth,
Smirinthus ocellata, thanks to images on UK Moths where it states:  “Fairly well distributed throughout England and Wales, this species has a sombre, camouflaged appearance at rest, but if provoked, flashes the hindwings, which are decorated with intense blue and black ‘eyes’ on a pinkish background.  The adults fly from May to July, inhabiting woodland and suburban localities.”   According to Butterfly Conservation:  “The pink hindwings are decorated with black and blue ‘eyes’, used to flash at predators.”


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