Scientific name: Sphinx pinastri
May–early August, single generation. The larvae of this moth are more colourful than the grey-brown adult.
Flies by night, feeding after dark on honeysuckle. Comes to light. Can be found by day at rest by day, often on tree trunks and fence posts. Adults fly between May and early August, single generation.
The larvae of this moth are more colourful than the grey-brown adult. Larva late June-mid September; can be found on young and mature trees, but prefers old needles to young shoots. Overwinters as pupa in loose leaf litter or just below the surface of the ground.
Size and Family
- Family: Hawk-moths (Sphingidae)
- Size: Large, 6.5-8cm wingspan
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
The needles of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), but occasionally Cedar of Lebanon, Maritime Pine and Norway Spruce.
- Countries: south and east Britain.
- Slowly spreading to the north, due to increase in conifer plantations.
- Common in continental Europe.
Coniferous woodland or heathland, conifer plantations.