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.).
- Countries: Central and southern Europe, especially Spain and France
- South of England only
Breeds abroad in sunny habitats, such as field margins and coastal sand dunes.