1972 Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli )

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Family Sphingidae : Sphinginae

Wingspan over 100 - 125 mm

Flight Period August to December



Often seen in late summer and autumn, with influxes of other migrant species and can under the right condition appear in number. This imigrant is a powerful flier. Proboscis is actually twice as long as the body of this adult moth.and can be over 90 mm the longest of any British Insect. The abdomen has pink and black bands and uses it to reach into long tube flowers such as honey suckle on which it feeds.and garden flowers, especially the tobacco plant (Nicotiana).

Its caterpillars rarely seen in Britain feed on Convoluvlus (Bindweed)