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Eyed Hawk moth.....Smerinthus Ocellata
Photo by Neil....North West
 


Eyed Hawk moth.....Smerinthus Ocellata

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Description... Wingspan is 7.8cm Adults are pale brown with bright pinkish brown forewings. The forewings have a slightly scalloped look with a series of chocolate blotches on them. The hindwings are ochreous brown, and are flushed with a rosy pink hue and have large bluish grey eyespots. This moth adopts a curious resting posture, where the forewings are held over the hind wings and the body is curled upwards. When it is threatened, it exposes its hindwings to reveal the large eyespots.
Flight period early May to July...




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