Unidentified Flying Object

Some dry leaves attached to a body (Photo: Jan Nergård)
Some dry leaves attached to a body (Photo: Jan Nergård)
I saw someting strange on my garage wall yesterday morning. At a distance it looked like old leaves, but when I studied it closer, it turned out to be a living creature. It was quite big, and the back of its body was curved upwards.
I have never seen anything like it before. If anyone knows what it is, I would be very grateful for a comment!

Update: This flying object is identified as a poplar hawk moth, in Norway known as an ospesvermer or poppelsvermer (Laothoe populi). Thanks to PK for helping me with that!

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I live in a part of the world called Norway with my wife and two daughters. I worked as a telecom engineer for 20 years. Nowadays I am attending a helpdesk supporting colleagues with computer problems. I am also a hobby photographer who believe we ought to pay more attention to how we treat our planet and each other. I trust the reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and I am disappointed that leading politicians in my own and other countries more or less have been ignoring warnings from the scientists for 20 years.

2 thoughts on “Unidentified Flying Object”

  1. Hi Jan, that is the Popular Hawk-Moth. It can hide itself amongst leaves and such to keep it safe from predators. Great photo!

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    1. It is great to have knowledgeable contacts in the blog world! Thanks to you, by googling “poplar hawk moth” I found that the Norwegian name is “ospesvermer” or “poppelsvermer” (latin name: Laothoe populi). Thanks a lot, PK! 🙂

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