French name: Le Grand Paon de Nuit
The Great Peacock moth is the largest of any butterfly or moth species found in Europe, with its wingspan reaching an impressive 10-20cm!
Here in France the Great Peacock moth is commonly found in the south of the country, though this one was photographed by Kaye in La Creuse, département 23, close to the border of département 36 at Aigaurand.
When not enjoying Kayes window plants, The Great Peacock moth prefers open countryside and is often seen around orchards,where the caterpillars feast on the leaves of fruit trees and the moths themselves can be found sitting on the tree trunks during the day.
The Great Peacock moth flies in springtime, this photograph was taken earlier this year, in May.
Look out for this giant next year, certainly a moth that can not easily be missed!
Thanks for the great photograph Kaye (photograph kindly forwarded via The Living in France Forums)