Eyed Hawk-moth - Smerinthus ocellata

    Description

    Wingspan 70-80 mm. This species has a sombre, camouflaged appearance at rest, but if provoked, flashes the hind wings, which are decorated with intense blue and black 'eyes' on a pinkish background.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Woodland and suburban localities.

    When to see it

    The adults fly from May to July

    Life History

    The green caterpillars resemble those of the Poplar Hawk-moth, but have a bluish-coloured spike at the rear. They feed on Willow, Apple and several other trees.

    UK Status

    Fairly well distributed throughout England and Wales, though not common. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    Reference
    69.002 BF1980

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map