The Privet Hawk-moth is the UK's largest (native) moth with a wingspan of around 100-120 mm. With wings open, the pink and black barred body is a distinguishing feature.
It flies in June and July (usually only in the southern half of UK, south of the Humber).
The above photos were kindly provided by Clifford MacKnight and are used with his permission.
The above photo of a Privet Hawk-moth
was kindly provided by Darren Parsons
The above photo of a mating pair of Privet Hawk-moths in Suffolk was kindly provided by Richard Lague
PRIVET HAWK-MOTH CATERPILLAR
The Privet Hawk-moth caterpillar fully grown is large and colourful: green with burgundy and white diagonal slashes and with a horn tail.
More Privet Hawk-moth caterpillars above, kindly provided to the Facebook page by Darren Parsons.