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    Spotted the large moth when out today for a walk, easily 2 1/2 inches and lovely to look at and some amazing markings on its body once it moved its wings a bit. not the greatest pics but hopefully someone will know what type it is.





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    Sorry no moth expert but amazing find Solus - love it's stripey markings!


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    Pictures dont do it justice, i was amazed at its size.

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    I think it might be a red barred tortrix..............you might need to google for info though.

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    I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?

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    My initial reaction was a sphina ligustri which is normally the largest residential hawk moth, (this is in a similar family to the agrius cingulata which is found generally in the southern hemisphere.) As I am no great expert on hawk moths however it looks to big for one of them if you say it was 2.5inches. In which way was it 2.5inches?? wingspan or length???
    Even if we find the light it will be surround by shadow.

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    http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=1750
    Convolvulus Hawk Moth (agrius convolvulus)
    Even if we find the light it will be surround by shadow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solus View Post
    Pictures dont do it justice, i was amazed at its size.
    Blimey solus - just read again - 2 1/2 inches!


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    Certainly looks like that one welcomefamily, easily 2 1/2 inches in length, it did make to fly away and spread its wings and they were a fair size. Had it walking up my arm for a bit before I set him back down in a sheltered spot out of the wind.

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    The closest example I can find is a privet hawkmoth:
    http://www.david.element.ukgateway.n...s/image012.jpg

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    It is a hawk moth,I had one in my garden last week and nearly died when I saw the size of it It wasnt fying so my kids "rescued" it and we called Mary legg for advice she told us that its a hawk moth and that they cant fly during the day and to put it near a bush so that it could get away,the kids did that and away it went.....thankfully!It really was huge!!x
    The nice thing about living in a small place is that if you dont know what you are doing....there's always somebody who does,or thinks they do! x

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBH View Post
    The closest example I can find is a privet hawkmoth:
    http://www.david.element.ukgateway.n...s/image012.jpg

    Sorry TBH, I should have made my post clearer sphina ligustri is a privet hawkmoth, its a smaller version but the largest residential hawkmoth, the other one is a regular visitor. I am more in to Peppermoths and spent many nights catching them many years ago.
    Last edited by Welcomefamily; 22-Sep-08 at 15:21.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Welcomefamily View Post
    http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=1750
    Convolvulus Hawk Moth (agrius convolvulus)
    I would agree with Welcomefamily - definitely convolvulous.
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