There are many butterfly and moth species that have developed what appear to be extra eyes. The two species are not so frequently seen together in garden light traps due to the Small Elephant Hawk-moths preference for more open countryside. Eyed Hawk-moth (caterpillar) Ann Collier. Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi (Linnaeus, 1758) Wingspan 65-90 mm. Probably the commonest of our hawk-moths, it has a strange attitude when at rest, with the hindwings held forward of the forewings, and the abdomen curved upwards at the rear.

The hawk eyed moth has adapted to its environment by evolving eye-like spots on its wings. The eyespots are not visible in resting position, where the forewings cover them.

They are displayed when the moth feels threatened, and may startle a potential predator, giving the moth a chance to escape. Lime Hawk-moth. Eyed Hawk-moth (caterpillar) - Ann Collier. Similar species. Migrant Hawkmoths include The Death’s-head Hawkmoth, The Convolvulus … Note: both larvae of Eyed & Lime hawk-moth have a blue tail, but warts on the anal flap of Lime hawk-moth are diagnostic.

Eyed Hawkmoth and caterpillar Smerinthus ocellata. Other common Hawkmoths are The Privet Hawkmoth, The Eyed Hawkmoth, The Poplar Hawkmoth and The Lime Hawkmoth. Recorded in 67 (97%) of 69 10k Squares. Poplar Hawk-moth. Smerinthus ocellatus, the eyed hawk-moth, is a European moth of the family Sphingidae.The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae.. It’s also well distributed throughout much of Europe. If disturbed it can flash the hindwings, which have a contrasting rufous patch, normally hidden. Fairly well distributed throughout England and Wales, this species has a sombre, camouflaged appearance at rest, but if provoked, flashes the hindwings, which are decorated with intense blue and black 'eyes' on a pinkish background. Additional Stats. First Recorded in 1834. Eyed Hawkmoth and caterpillar, Smerinthus ocellata. The Eyed Hawkmoth is one of the most commonly recorded Hawkmoths throughout much of the British Isles, becoming scarcer in northern regions. Company limited by guarantee, registered in England (2206468). This is to deter predators because they think it's another bird looking at them. More importantly, some have colourful and elaborate patterns that serve as a defence against hungry predators. The adults fly from May to July, inhabiting woodland and suburban localities. Last Recorded in 2020. Butterfly and moth wings can be stunningly beautiful. VAT No. Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata (Linnaeus, 1758) Wingspan 70-80 mm.