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  69.003 POPLAR HAWK MOTH (Laothoe populi) Linnaeus  

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PICTURE: Buff form, caught at light in my garden, Farsley, Pudsey, August 2015.

   
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth is some times reasonably common and generally well distributed resident throughout the British Isles.

 

WING SPAN: 72 to 92mm.                                             STATUS: Resident.

        

FLIGHT PERIOD: Moths of this species are usually single brooded, and are on the wing during May and July, occasionally there is a partial second brood in late summer.

 

LARVAL PERIOD: The mature caterpillars are about 80mm in length. They are yellowish green, or bluish green dotted with yellowish white. Occasionally they have rows of red spots along the back. There are seven pale diagonal stripes along the sides, the spiracles are rimmed with red. On the back of segment eleven is a yellowish green horn. The head is green with yellowish stripes. Caterpillars can be seen from around July until September, when they then pupate in the soil at the base of the tree.

 

HABITAT: Habitats are  heavily and lightly wooded area's such as, hedgerows, road side verges, wood land rides and fringes, heaths, commons and other places where suitable and tree's grow.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: Food plants are Sallow, Willow, Poplar and Aspen.  

 

SIMILAR SPECIES:  None.

 

 

 
     
   
     
   
     
     
 

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