MOTHS can become little more than annoying pests at this time of year – but then they do not always look like this one.
This spectacular specimen was a very welcome visitor when it dropped in to the garden of Mail reader Jim Duffy.
It is an elephant hawk moth and it is native to these isles, though not as common as the ones we usually see in our homes.
Well known for its stunning appearance, its fuschia and brown colours are in sharp contrast to the lush greenery of the garden.
The insect's fabulous wings span to around 7cm when it is in flight, offering an enticing sight to anyone who sees it.
The Mail is always happy to accept pictures from readers, showing the beautiful countryside and wildlife of Burton and South Derbyshire.
So grab your camera, get snapping those high-resolution images and send them in for consideration for publishing.
Pictures can be emailed to photographers@ burtonmail.co.uk