A giant moth that became extinct in the UK in the 1960s has been photographed in Devon, writes John Bett.

The incredibly rare moth, known as a blue underwing, was found by zoologist Will Haigh who instantly recognised what it was.

He took these incredible pictures to record the sighting, which show the moth's distinct markings.

The blue underwing, also known as the clifden nonpareil, can grow up to 12cm and was thought to be extinct in the UK.

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Will, of Exeter, Devon, said he was on a break from work when one landed on his hand.

He said: "They are very rare and went extinct in the UK many years ago. They only appeared again recently as migrants from Europe so I feel very lucky to have seen one."

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