Unfortunatly one of my cats has had its way with this large moth like bug which I found on my kithchn floor this morning. My finger in the picture has a width of 11mm. Curiosity has got the better of me as this is a reasonable size. Can somebody help to identify? You help would be appreciated.
OK - nothing too exotic, then...
I've never seen one quite this denuded of its scales, but I think this might be a moth!
Which species, I can't say. But from its size, it could be a hawk moth (Sphingidae).
(It is curious that both antennae are similarly short - shorter than I'd expect for a moth; maybe they both just happened to get broken off at the same length.)
Privet Hawk-moth, Sphinx ligustri, is the suggestion so far from our moth folk - but our resident Hawk-moth specialist has still to comment. To be as denuded as this I suspect it has been in water. I have seen Convolvulus Hawk-moths completely devoid of their scaly overcoats and like this flying on their wing stubs - but they have an excuse, they have flown a rather long way to be with us.