Poplar Hawk-moth

  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth
  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth
  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth
  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth
  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth
  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth
  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth
  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth
  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth
  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth
  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth
  • Poplar Hawk-moth
    Poplar Hawk-moth

Scientific name: Laothoe populi

This resident moth flashes reddish-brown patches on underwings if disturbed. The wings can sometimes have a pinkish/purplish tinge. Adult can be seen flying between May and early August.

This resident moth flashes reddish-brown patches on underwings if disturbed. The wings can sometimes have a pinkish/purplish tinge. Adult can be seen flying between May and early August. 

Usually only one generation, but a partial second can occur in the south between August and September. Does not feed. Female comes to light before midnight, the male after midnight, in greater numbers. Rests with abdomen curved up and hindwings further forward than the forewings. Larva June to early October.

Size and Family

  • Family: Hawk-moths (Sphingidae)
  • Size: Large, wingspan 6.5-9cm 

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Poplars (Populus), Aspen (P. tremula), White Poplar, Black-poplar, Lombardy-poplar, sallows and willows, especially Goat and Grey Willows. 

Distribution

  • Countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales.
  • Widely distributed, common wherever foodplant occurs.

Habitat

Low heathland and moorland, fens, woodland, parks and gardens.   

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