30 June 2013

Eyed Hawkmoths

Found this pair of Eyed Hawkmoths Smerinthus ocellata, copulating on bamboo in the garden today. Only the second record for the garden following one on our front door on 9 July 2004. Absolutely amazing creatures!

Female above, male below


Forewing of female

Hindwing of male. The eyed pattern has been shown to deter predators

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