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ADULT: Wingspan 90-120mm.  Female is usually larger than male.  Dark brown forewing shaded with greyish-brown and streaked with black lines.  A pale margin is normally present.  The hindwings are a washed out pink with black cross bands.  The thorax appears stickily black and has white borders to the outersides.  The abdomen is rich pink with black cross-bands broken by a longitudinal grey strip.  The antennae are white. CHRYSALIS: Located in winter. LARVA: Sphinx like.  July to August on privets, holly and lilac. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light. HABITAT: Woodland, hedgerows, downland, coastal scrub. FLIGHT PERIOD: Single brooded.  June to July. STATUS: Resident.  Common.  Mainly southern becoming more local northwards.

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