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Found this moth on our shed this morning - length of 4 inches! Can anyone tell me what it is? It could be two moths back to back but that still makes each one at least 2 inches long - I've not seen them that big before in this country.
This is a mating pair of privet hawk moths, Sphinx ligustri.
There are quite a few hawk moths that occur in the UK
Most of them are quite big, including the biggest (12-13cm wingspan) - the death's head hawk moth, which is also unsual for a moth in that it can makes noises!