Swallow-tailed Moth II

Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Anybody would be forgiven for thinking this rather attractive lepidoptera was a butterfly, but it is in fact a night-flying moth, and a fairly large one with a wingspan of up to 50mm (2in) across.

Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Photographs of Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria) taken June 2014, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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