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Help with ID of Moth

PostPosted: Mon 23 Sep 2019 13:48
by Silvertongue84
Hi hello all
could you tell me what this moth is called it was a huge great big thing flew in at work, so I took some photos of it and I am curious, and is it male/female?
if anyone could help would be awesome I can supply more pictures if needed
thanks

Mat

Re: Help with ID of Moth

PostPosted: Mon 23 Sep 2019 13:51
by Silvertongue84
My bad! I posted in wrong section but I am new to forum sorry

Re: Help with ID of Moth

PostPosted: Mon 23 Sep 2019 17:58
by MarkCubitt
Hi Mat

Your moth is a Poplar Hawk-moth. They are indeed one of the largest moths we get in the area. The males and females have the same colouration. They don't normally fly after the end of July, so was the photo taken a while ago?

Thanks for your post.
Mark

Re: Help with ID of Moth

PostPosted: Tue 24 Sep 2019 01:29
by Silvertongue84
Hi Mark
Thank you for your reply and info it’s so interesting, to be honest with you my photos are a few years old and were taken when I lived in the north-east, are they still around as a species then? Do you know where they originate from when it flew in I thought it was a bird because it was that big a beauty in fact!
Thanks

Mat

Re: Help with ID of Moth

PostPosted: Tue 24 Sep 2019 20:22
by MarkCubitt
Hi Mat

There are a number of moths in the Hawk-moth family. The Poplar Hawk-moth is the most frequently seen species of the family in Scotland. Here is a link to the distribution map showing where it is found. https://eastscotland-butterflies.org.uk/quantitymaps/1981.GIF

Regards
Mark

Re: Help with ID of Moth

PostPosted: Wed 02 Oct 2019 17:00
by Silvertongue84
Hi Mark
well thanks for your help and thats very interesting, I did wonder to be honest, and you say male/female the same colours so how do you id sex?
I have other photos if needed

thanks

Mat