Convolvulus Hawk-Moth

Well after sunset and nearing the end of twilight I noticed some large flying objects moving around in a dimly lit area of the garden. After investigation I realised these were huge moths and feeding like Hummingbird moths but much, much larger.

I grabbed my Nikon D810 (which as usual, was fitted with my 80-400mm) as it has a pop-up flash, focused (eventually as it was very dark) on a flower and waited in hope it would visit it. This is much easier than trying to chase it around a dark garden. I didn’t wait too long until it hovered nearby and extended its huge proboscis to feed on the flower I had focused on.

I snapped the image below before going to identify it (more information below)

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Convolvulus Hawk-Moth

I don’t know much about Butterfly and Moth species, but this was easy to identify, a Convolvulus Hawk-Moth. The name comes from the fact that the Caterpillars are often found feeding on the Convolvulus plant. I believe this to be a male due to the striking pattern and large antennae. The wingspan can be up to 120mm and this one was certainly around this size.

I will be keeping a lookout for them at sunset in the hope I can get a better photograph.

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