The Eyed Hawk Moth of the BC coastal region
The eyed Hawk Moth has a wingspan up to 5 cm. Adults are pale brown with pinkish brown fore wings. The fore wings are slightly scalloped with a series of chocolate blotches.
The hind wings are reddish brown, flushed with a rosy pink hue and large bluish grey eye spots.
The moth adopts a curious resting posture, where the fore wings are held over the hind wings and the body is curled upwards. When threatened, it exposes its hind wings to reveal the large eye spots
An attractive species that is found in small numbers on bogs, marshes and damp woodland, where willows are common. Adults are attracted to light but usually in very small numbers.
The larvae can be found from early June until September on willows and crab apple. They seem to prefer small, often isolated trees, usually in more sheltered spots, you can see them if you look very carefully, resting on the branches near the base of the tree.
This is a common moth on Vancouver Island, but because they blend into their daytime resting spots so well, you can be considered lucky to have seen one.