Eyed hawk-moth

Smerinthus ocellatus

''Smerinthus ocellatus'', known as the eyed hawk-moth, is a European moth of the family Sphingidae.

The eyespots are not visible in resting position, where the forewings cover them. They are displayed when the moth feels threatened, and may startle a potential predator, giving the moth a chance to escape.

The adult moth has a wingspan of 70–80 millimetres .
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Naming

*''Smerinthus ocellatus ocellatus''
⤷ ''Smerinthus ocellatus atlanticus'' Austaut, 1890
⤷ ''Smerinthus atlanticus protai'' Speidel & Kaltenbach, 1981

''Smerinthus ocellatus atlanticus'' is sometimes treated as a full species, in which case ''Smerinthus atlanticus protai'' is placed as a subspecies of this species, rather than ''Smerinthus ocellatus''.
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Reproduction

The larva is pale bluish or yellowish green with small white-tipped tubercules and a grey-blue tail horn. The sides are striped white or yellow and the spiracles are white ringed with dark red. The larvae grow to about 80 mm. The larval foodplants are various species of ''Salix'', ''Populus'' and ''Malus''

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilySphingidae
GenusSmerinthus
SpeciesS. ocellatus