Latin name: Laothoe populi
Size: Approximately 70 to 90mm wingspan
Distribution: Found throughout the U.K.
Months seen: May to July
Food: The adults do not feed, but the caterpillars feed on willows, aspen, sallow and poplars (hence the name).
Habitat: Gardens, parks and woods.
Special features: The poplar hawk-moth can vary in colour from grey to pinky-brown.
The hind wings stick out in front of the forewings when at rest. This is because the moth has no 'frenulum', which is a kind of hook for holding the wings in position.
When disturbed the poplar hawk-moth flashes two bright orange patches on the hindwings. The patches are hidden when the moth is resting.
The caterpillars of the poplar hawk-moth are bright green with a yellow horn on the rear end, and diagonal yellow stripes along the sides of the body.
These moths are attracted to light at night.