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Butterfly or Huge Moth?

This beautiful looking butterfly/moth was on my curtain this morning. It has a wingspan of approximately 12 cm and ,as you can see, the most wonderful camouflage which will serve well for where I am here in Spain.
If you zoom in it looks like there is a little man in the center with a top hat!
Anyone know the species?


  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,847
    It looks like one of the emporer moths. I haven't seen one in this country for years now.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,185
    Yes, maybe Saturnia pyri.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 905
    We get them here in France they are attracted to tobacco plants. So much so that I stopped growing them as the moths were falling foul of our cat!
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