Privet Hawk Moth

Whilst doing the July 2020 bird survey we saw the caterpillar of the Privet Hawk Moth on one of our paths in Darrick Wood. I was surprised to see such a caterpillar; it was between 7 and 8 cm long. This is a magnificent and colourful insect beast. I have never seen such a handsome and large specimen before.

The adult moth is equally as impressive, but it would rarely be seen in our woods as it only flies after dark.

Seeing this caterpillar and all the other wildlife in the reserve confirms to me that our woods should remain protected and preserved for future generations to see the wonders of nature.