- Scientific name: Laothoe populi
English common name: Poplar Hawk-moth
Nederlandse triviale naam: Populierenpijlstaart
Two Poplar Hawk-moths or Populierenpijlstaarten in Dutch (Laotho populi) were chewing on my bonsai willow on the terrace. Entire branches were munched clean of leaves in just a day or two. One was not so big, about 4 cm in length, the other one was quite big, about 7 cm.
I took some photos and then gently cut the branches where they were clamping onto off the tree and put them on a plate next to the bird's basin. Within the hour an Eurasian Magpie took off with them. My willow saved and a bird fed.
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