A Very Poplar Moth

Poplar Hawkmoth Laothoe populi

The Poplar Hawkmoth (Laothoe populi), is one of Britain’s commonest hawkmoths, and a big one at that. It can have a wingspan of up to 90mm (almost 4 inches), and in the light of day they can be pretty docile and easy to handle. They will sit and grip the end of your finger (or even your nose), quite happily if you let them.

To learn more about this magnificent moth please visitย  my Back Garden Moths blog.

Poplar Hawkmoth Laothoe populi

Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) ยฉ Pete Hillman July 2017.


17 thoughts on “A Very Poplar Moth

  1. Did I read your title as “A Very Popular Moth”? Of course I did — nice place on words! This is quite a moth. The size along is worth something, but their willingness to sit around and be photographed is great. It really is a pretty thing, and the background only adds to the attractiveness of the image as a whole.

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    • Thank you, Linda ๐Ÿ™‚ At night these hawkmoths zoom through the skies, and you get one fly into your shed and it bounces like a crazy thing off everything. In the daytime they are calm and placid, and will allow quite some handling if one is careful and will not fly off at all. Thank you for your lovely comment ๐Ÿ™‚


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