Lime Hawkmoth

Sue Morton writes:

I know there are lime hawkmoths in the lime trees in my road, because every summer I find a few of their caterpillars on the pavement….

I move the live ones to a safer place, but there are usually a few corpses as well. They are quite large and lime green, with diagonal stripes and a “horn” at the back. 

Yesterday on my way into town I noticed this beautiful fresh specimen of the moth on a leaf low down on one of the trees. They emerge in May and June to lay their eggs, but don’t feed.

Sue Morton, 12 June 2022