Here he is - Lime Hawk-moth, Mimas tiliae.
Lovely moth; I'm sure you'd like him as a pet.
But of course, he wouldn't live long and you couldn't take him for walks (flights?); anyway, he'd be better off left on his own, to do what moths do.
thank you very much mikehardman.... yes i defo would like him.... but i would never keep a moth or butterfly, they need to be left to be free.... at the moment he is at on a bit of kitchen roll on top of the baby snail tank....
I'm glad to hear you will let him go (best in the evening, so he's least likely to become a bird's dinner).
Thanks for the update on your 'snailettes'.
as the moth was on a peice of kitchen towel it got to 6:30 pm and i put him in a big tub, and walked all the way to a lovely flower garden i know far from my home, and set him free there, bless him he was gorgeous.... iv never seen one like him before so im glad i found him today he was just sitting on a post round by our local asda store.... im glad i saved him...heres a pic of when i set him free....
Thanks for posting.
I see he's on a granny's bonnet (Aquilegia).
There's some interesting research on aquilegias and their pollinators, which include moths