This beauty is a privet hawk moth and is the most spectacular catch of the moth trap this summer. She was peacefully happy to be photographed in the morning, showing off her spectacular underwings before folding them tidily away and resting for a while in the shade of the table leg.
She seemed oddly familiar even though I know I have never seen this wonderful creature before. It wasn’t until I was sending my records in to our local wildlife site
( faune-alsace) that I realised the privet hawk moth is the cover illustration on my Chris Manley Guide to British Moths.
She was even bigger and better in real life!