More reports of spectacular immigrant moths
Appeared on Space For Nature on August 25th 2003
Reports of unusual moth sightings continue to surface as Britain enjoys one of its warmest summers in many years.
A very rare immigrant from North Africa, the death's-head hawk-moth (Acherontia atropos), is one of the largest moths to occur in Britain and is famous for the distinctive skull-like markings on its thorax. Just as striking are the caterpillars: these bright green creatures, which can measure up to six inches long and make a audible clicking noise with their mandibles when disturbed, have been turning in many parts of the country.
Even rarer and larger is the convolvulus hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli), the largest insect found in Britain. A specimen was recently taken to the Butterfly Farm in Warwickshire by a member of the public.
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