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#894918 - 15th Aug 2014 7:41pm Big Hawk moth
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Found this , sadly dead, outside the back door. Looked it up and apparently its a kind of Hawk Moth . Quite a big creature at 4" across. Not seen one close up before. You cant see the under wings when they are alive.


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#894923 - 15th Aug 2014 7:51pm Re: Big Hawk moth [Re: venice]
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Looks like an Eyed Hawk Moth to me:

http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?bf=1980

I used to repair the butterfly and moth collections at Liverpool Museum btw.

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#894931 - 15th Aug 2014 8:03pm Re: Big Hawk moth [Re: venice]
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What a beautiful creature. I know quite a few butterflies, but not many moths at all. I did have an Old Lady moth on my buddleia recently, though - I managed to ID it from a picture in one of my books.

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#894947 - 15th Aug 2014 8:21pm Re: Big Hawk moth [Re: philmch]
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Ah, thanks philcsh. Must have been so interesting working there. I spent a fascinating few visits in the taxidermy dept 10yrs or more ago,learning from James Jackson how to prepare animal skulls for research! The behind the scenes skills were amazing.

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#896256 - 21st Aug 2014 1:19am Re: Big Hawk moth [Re: venice]
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Aw, what a shame. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photo.

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