1986 Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae)

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Family Sphingidae: Macroglossinae

Wingspan Wingspan 55-75 mm.

Flight period July and October.


A migrant to southern England from south Europe, very few records of recent usually on Spurge (Euphorbia spp.).The most likely time of occurrence is between July and October.

Adults look like the more commonly seen Bedstraw Hawk-moth (Hyles gallii), differing a distinctive with rosy tinge to its underside, as well as more solid-looking markings on the upperwing.

Larvae variable but always striking with black and white eyed figure of eight markings on its flank with its body changing from green to orange brown