Seeing the fantastic insect photographs being posted to the Ireland’s Wildlife Facebook Page this month prompted me to browse my photo archives, and I thought I’d share this with you on the blog.
The poplar hawk moth (Laothoe populiis) an incredibly striking insect… based on a 1981 distribution map it can (or at least could) be found all over Ireland, but because, like many moths, it’s nocturnal, is rarely seen.
I got the chance to photograph this striking individual at a Biodiversity Day at Manch Estate a few years ago. It had been caught in a light trap. Here are a couple of shots for you… one conventional view of the whole animal from above showing it’s outstanding camouflage… and the other from a somewhat alternative, but I think much more interesting perspective.
An absolutely stunning animal, I think you’ll agree!