Rare Immigrant; most usually seen in Autumn. Adults seen flying between May and October. Two generations; those reaching the UK are second generation and occur from August .
Female is slightly smaller than the male, with shorter antennae. Flies from dusk and comes to light quite early. Visits nectar flowers. Cannot overwinter, so the caterpillar (which resembles the Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar) is rarely seen in the UK.
Size and Family
- Family: Hawk-moths (Sphingidae)
- Size: Large, 7-8cm wingspan
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
Grape-vine, Virginia-creeper, Ladies Bedstraw (Galium) and Great Willowherb (Epilobium), fuchsias, bindweeds, Honeysuckle and mulleins
- Widespread and abundant in Africa, breeding along the north coast and subsequently colonising southern Europe.
- South coast of England; rarely more than ten reported in one year in the UK.
Open places, often in coastal regions.