The Moths of Suffolk
1981 Poplar Hawk-moth, Laothoe populi, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : A wide variety, including woodland, fens, heathland, urban areas, scrub,

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to July and August to September. Becomes single-brooded further north in the country

Larval foodplants : Poplars, Aspen, White Poplar, Black-poplar, Lombardy Poplar, also sallows and willows

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means infrequent about poplars throughout the County, from Felixstow to Gorleston and Brandon staunch.

Bloomfield's Lepidoptera : Common.

Wingspan details : Forewing 30-46mm, Wingspan 72-92mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultEyed Hawk-moth, Smerinthus ocellata

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (13.v.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman
Thetford (30.v.2001) © L Gregory
 
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Found feeding on Crack willow. - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2007) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.v.2010) © Neil Sherman
Close up of head - Ipswich, Suffolk (5.v.2010) © Neil Sherman
 
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VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (21.vii.2010) © Brian Jones