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Solihull man solves moth mystery

A HILLFIELD man was all of a flutter when a chance glance at a newspaper article solved his moth mystery.

A HILLFIELD man was all of a flutter when a chance glance at a newspaper article solved his moth mystery.

Peter Collins was puzzled when he found the unusual insect in the storeroom of the Birmingham business where he works. He attempted to identify the specimen on the internet, but found that it didn't match any species native to Britain.

But he was amazed when he picked up a copy of the Metro last week and found an article about a man who had seem the same rare species in Dumfries and Galloway in southern Scotland.

The creature in question is the convolvulus hawk moth, native to Africa, but occasionally spotted in northern Europe.

"I thought it was one of those amazing coincidences," said Peter, aged 55. "I'd almost given up on finding out what on Earth it was.

"I sent a picture to Stratford-Upon-Avon butterfly farm and they confirmed it was the same species. Its a pretty big moth and so colourful."

Although the moth was thousands of miles away from its normal habit, Peter says that the Small Heath-based firm where he works ships in car parts from all over the world.

"I suspect it might have come in one of those deliveries," said the father-of-one.

It would not be the first exotic species to hitch a lift to Great Britain - venomous black widow spiders have previously been found at Birmingham Airport and the Castle Bromwich Jaguar plant.

Luckily the convolvulus is a rather less alarming arrival - its main diet is tobacco plants.

 

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