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Kent Moth Group


Poplar Hawk-moth

Laothoe populi

Family: Sphingidae

RES: 69.003 B&F: 1981

Verification Grade (Adult):

Common and widespread across Kent. Any gaps in distribution may even be down to lack of recorder coverage rather than the absence of the moth. An unmistakable Hawk-moth with an unusual resting posture whereby the hindwings are pushed forward in front of the forewings.

Flight Season: late April to early September

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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External Links

More information about Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) can be seen on the external pages listed below: