My 3yr old son found this moth close to our house at the weekend. We would like to know the name of it please. Are they common to the UK?
I am sure someone with more expertise will either confirm or correct my ident, but I think this is a female Privet Hawk moth, Sphinx ligustri.
It looks very fresh so may well be one that has recently emerged.
It is a privet hawk moth, Sphinx ligustri.
They are not rare, but by no means common in my experience.
This photo shows three at once; I have never experienced that (envious)
Thanks Jen, Mike and bombuslucorum for the quick response.
I shall let my little boy know. No doubt he will be keen to inform anyone he thinks should know.
That shot of the three together is amazing!