Large moth ID

Subject: Large moth ID
From: John Brannan <>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 11:50:31 +1000
I know this is off-topic for COG, but can anyone ID the very large moths
that were beating themselves to death against my studio window last night.
They are the size of a small bird, with a wingspan of maybe 5-6 inches,
bodies around 3 inches long and as fat as my forefinger. Generally a
mottled brown colour with rather slender wings. After leafing through my
fairly useless insect book, I think that they are perhaps a type of goat
moth. They don't have the pointed abdomen of the hawk moths and they
fold their wings back over their bodies at rest, rather than laying them
out flat to the sides.

John Brannan

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