Fig 1
ADULT: Wingspan 45-60mm.  Despite the similar Small Elephant Hawkmoth this is an unmistakable species.  The pink background with olive-green stripes is distinct with the head, thorax and abdomen of similar colouring. CHRYSALIS: Black, dotted.  Located in winter under moss or within plant debris. LARVA: July to September on a variety of plants especially willowherbs and bedstraws. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light. HABITAT: Anywhere where rosebay willowherb is abundant including rough grassland, coastal areas, woodland rides, hedgerows, gardens and parks. FLIGHT PERIOD: Single brooded.  May to July.  Occasional second brood from August to September. STATUS: Resident.  Common.

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