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Caterpillar was a native hawk moth
2:04pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Salisbury Letters
I AM sorry to disappoint your reader, Jo Giles, but the caterpillar pictured in the Journal (In Your View, September 5) is that of our native Privet Hawk-moth (Sphinx ligustri) not a foreign visitor.
This is one of our larger moths with a wingspan of around 5ins.
The caterpillars feed on privet, ash and lilac. Judging by the number of adult moths I find in my Wilton garden moth trap it is quite common in this area.
JOHN MUGGLETON, Wilton
THE picture (In Your View, September 5) is of the caterpillar of a privet hawk moth Sphinx ligustri – no need to invoke something exotic.
It is common in this country.
That’s a problem with the internet, I imagine.
GORDON THORNE, Salisbury
FURTHER to the item in last week’s In Your View we found this ‘overseas visitor’ (pictured) near Odstock the very next day.
ISABELLA HOLLIDAY (age nine) and TOM HOLLIDAY (age 12)
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