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Poplar Hawk-moth

Observed: 6th May 2011 By: pkd35
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Poplar Hawk-moth
Description:

Nothing unusual about a Poplar Hawk-moth except that this one is particularly faded and "battered" for so early in the flight season. This confirms previous comments about true flight seasons being upto a month in advance of those stated in field guides and perhaps the weather is a factor ?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) interacts

Comments

JamieDunning's picture

I agree with your statement

I agree with your statement of early flight seasons, but have not read anything about it anywhere.
dose it apply to all Sphingidea?
have seen Limehawks early this year to?

- Jamie

DavidHowdon's picture

Early

I think the comment pkd35 is referring to is one that several people have made on iSpot recently.

I am not sure that the worn appearance of the moth says much about how long it has been out, one rough encounter with a bird or other predator could do a lot of damage in a short time.

rimo's picture

Not just Sphingids, but most

Not just Sphingids, but most insects seem to be in an unseemly hurry this year, and it's hard to see any factor other than amazingly early, warm and dry spring

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