1976 Privet Hawk Moth (Sphinx ligustri)

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Family Sphinginae

Size: Wingspan up to 120mms

Distribution: Found in most parts of the UK.

Months seen: June and July

Food: The larvae feed on privet, hence the name. Also lilac and ash.

Habitat: Gardens and Woodlands

The hind wings and abdomen feature attractive pink and black stripes. The forewings are pale brown with black lines running through them. The thorax is slate grey or blackThe privet hawk-moth is our largest resident mothDespite its large size it is well camouflaged and can be easily missed
The caterpillars are bright green with a purple blush, and white oblique stripes down their sides. The face is white with a black border and there is a black horn on the back end.