Scientific name: Hyles livornica
April - October (mainly May-early June & August). Scarce immigrant; occurs most years in the south in small numbers.
Most UK records are of adults attracted to light, but caterpillars can occasionally be found, the offspring of earlier arrivals.
Usually flies and feeds at dusk and early dawn, though can be active late at night. Feeds from flowers like Red Valerian and Petunia. Cannot overwinter, though cccasionally larvae can be found in the British Isles in June-July and September-October.
Size and Family
- Family: Hawk-moths (Sphingidae)
- Size: Large, 6-8cm wingspan
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
A wide range of foodplants such as Rosebay and other Willowherbs, Hedge Bedstraw, Buckwheat, Fuchsias, Snapdragons, Sorrels and Docks.
Recorded most years around the UK in small numbers, mostly in the south-west, southern England and southern Ireland.
Breeds in warm, open habitats e.g. on the coast, in gardens and woodland rides.