Privet Hawk Moth The UK Largest Resident Moth

by Steve Hawkeye December. 07, 2020 72 views
Privet Hawk-moth-Sphinx ligustri
Norfolk status; Widespread.
Adults fly in June and July and can sometimes be seen resting on tree trunks and garden fences.
Forewing:	41-55mm.
Flight:	One generation June-July.
Foodplant:  Wild and Garden Privet, Ash, Lilac and Guelder-rose
Nat Status:	Common

Privet Hawk-moth-Sphinx ligustri Norfolk status; Widespread. Adults fly in June and July and can sometimes be seen resting on tree trunks and garden fences. Forewing: 41-55mm. Flight: One generation June-July. Foodplant: Wild and Garden Privet, Ash, Lilac and Guelder-rose Nat Status: Common

The Privet Hawk-moth is a frequent visitor to my MV Light trap on my wildlife meadow in Norfolk, UK and is the largest resident moth with a wingspan between 90mm to 120mm this moth makes for an impressive sight when seen laying in a vertical position with its wings open. To me, it resembles an aircraft ready for taking off.

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