Lime Hawk-moth Mimas tiliae

Lime Hawk-moth
Lime Hawk-moth
The Lime Hawk-moth is one of the prettiest hawk-moths in its pink and green livery. The wing pattern is variable. Despite its large size and the name "hawk-moth", it is docile and harmless. Like many large moths, it doesn't even feed, living on the food reserves of the caterpillar. Wingspan 55-70mm; UK flight time May-Jun.
Lime Hawk-moth The beautiful photograph of a pair Lime Hawk-moths mating above was posted to animalphotos.me Facebook page by Darren Parsons and is used here with his permission.