Like many moth enthusiasts, I am always thrilled when the first Hawkmoths of the season appear in the moth trap. So far this year, I have seen four Poplar Hawkmoths but earlier this week I was really thrilled to see a Privet Hawkmoth resting amongst the egg boxes.
Not only is this early in its flight season but it is the first Privet Hawkmoth to appear at my garden light trap since 2008.
Privet Hawkmoth (Sphinx ligustri)
Poplar Hawkmoth (Laothoe populi)
Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria)
Alder Moth (Acronicta alni)