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Poplar Hawk-moth

Common moth of unusual appearance


Probably the commonest of British hawk-moths that can be seen in parkland, gardens, fens, woodland, heathland and moorland from May to July. Wingspan 65-90 mm. When at rest, the moth has a characteristic posture: the hindwings stick out in front of the forewings and the abdomen curved upwards at the rear. The adults do not feed. The bright green caterpillars feed on poplar (hence the name), aspen and willow.