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Moth Striped Hawk-Moth

Striped Hawk-Moth - Photo  Copyright 2005 Curtis Shuck
Photo: Curtis Shuck

UK Safari Tip:
You can discover more about Hawk-Moths and their caterpillars with this fold out chart - click here

Latin name: Hyles livornica

Size: Wingspan up to 90mms

Distribution: A migrant spotted in many parts of the UK.

Months seen: May to October

Food: Nectar

Habitat: Parks and gardens

Special features: The Striped Hawk-Moth is a night flying species which can sometimes be found feeding on the nectar of petunia and valerian.

The thorax of the Striped Hawk-Moth has four distinctive white stripes running lengthways, and the antennae have white tips. There is a white dorsal stripe running along the abdomen, and each of the underwings feature a bright red patch.

The green striped caterpillars feed on willow-herbs, bedstraws, fuchsia and grape vine.

UK Safari Moth Section

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