from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative spelling of hind wing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A moth of the family Noctuidæ.
The color can be variable below- from yellowish to brown, this one is worn and still shows a hint of the yellowish scales around the some of the veins on the hindwing.
If you look closely, you will notice that this individual is missing a small portion of its hindwing, including one of the pair of hair-like tails it had.
Of the well-known green species of papilio, with longish tails and blue or green spots on the hindwing, there are four species, of which one is European.
If I managed to get really close I could hear the faint thrum of those fizzing wings which, on photographs, showed as merely a blur with a hazy lozenge of pale peach visible in the hindwing.
Since I had the moth in hand, I was able to lift the forewing for a look at the hindwing, which had the orange and brown pattern typical of A. pyramidoides.
You can tell it’s a “she” by the relatively thick wing veins and the lack of a pouch-like swelling on a vein on the hindwing.