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Hīhue or Convolvulus hawk moth

Large grey dappled moth.
Hīhue or Convolvulus hawk moth. Photo by Miraz Jordan.

I was watering the garden in February 2020, when a grey ‘leaf’ on a flax stalk moved. On closer inspection I found a moth, about 5 cm long. An expert on the NZ Bug Identification Facebook group tells me this is a Convolvulus hawk moth: Agrius convolvuli or hīhue.

Large grey dappled moth.

Large grey dappled moth.

This item was updated on Monday 21 February 2022

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