Subject: Is it a moth?
Location: Manchester UK
June 27, 2014 3:22 am
Hello bugman,
My friend had this little fellow on her leg and when it flew to a post she realised it looked a little strange to be around Manchester!
Signature: Paul Goddard

Poplar Hawkmoth

Poplar Hawkmoth

Dear Paul,
According to UK Moths, the Poplar Hawkmoth,
Laothoe populi, is:  “Probably the commonest of our hawk-moths, [and] it has a strange attitude when at rest, with the hindwings held forward of the forewings, and the abdomen curved upwards at the rear. If disturbed it can flash the hindwings, which have a contrasting rufous patch, normally hidden.”

Location: Manchester, UK

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