Spurge Hawk-moth

  • Spurge Hawk-moth
    Spurge Hawk-moth
  • Spurge Hawk-moth
    Spurge Hawk-moth
  • Spurge Hawk-moth
    Spurge Hawk-moth
  • Spurge Hawk-moth
    Spurge Hawk-moth
  • Spurge Hawk-moth
    Spurge Hawk-moth
  • Spurge Hawk-moth
    Spurge Hawk-moth
  • Spurge Hawk-moth
    Spurge Hawk-moth
  • Spurge Hawk-moth
    Spurge Hawk-moth

Scientific name: Hyles euphorbiae

May - October. Very scarce immigrant from southern Europe.

A very scarce immigrant from southern Europe, seen between May and October.

Size and Family

  • Family: Hawk-moths (Sphingidae)
  • Large: 5.5-7.5cm 

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Perennial herbaceous spurges; larvae rarely found in Britain, though did breed several times on the south coast in 19th century, usually on Spurge (Euphorbia spp.). 

Distribution

  • Countries: Central and southern Europe, especially Spain and France
  • South of England only 

Habitat

Breeds abroad in sunny habitats, such as field margins and coastal sand dunes.