A very scarce visitor to the British Isles, with only two records - one attracted to light in East Sussex in May 1985 and a second found in the docks of East London in July 1995.

The caterpillar has not been found in Britain.

Flight Season

Adults could be seen in the UK between May and July.

Size and Family

  • Family: Hawk-moths (Sphingidae)
  • Size: Medium, 37-42mm wingspan

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) as well as willowherb (Epilobium)

Distribution

  • On the continent, it occurs rather sparsely throughout southern Europe east to Asia.
  • Only two records in the UK

Habitat

Can be found in lowland habitats

Willowherb Hawk-moth - Adam Gor

Willowherb Hawk-moth

Willowherb Hawk-moth - Adam Gor

Willowherb Hawk-moth

Willowherb Hawk-moth - James O'Neill

Willowherb Hawk-moth

Willowherb Hawk-moth - Pete Withers

Willowherb Hawk-moth