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Sphinx ligustri Linnaeus, 1758

Privet Hawk-moth
69.0060 (B&F: 1976)

»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Bombycoidea
    »Family: Sphingidae
      »Subfamily: Sphinginae
        »Tribe: Sphingini

A resident species and suspected occasional immigrant usually occurring singly or sparingly, although occasionally fairly common to common at mv light in a wide range of habitats. Generally distributed in large areas in the south, especially on the Downs, but colonies are much less frequent in the north. Very local and distinctly cyclical in numbers. Usually occurring as a single brood from late May to early August but in 2007 a partial second brood was recorded in early September. Larvae feed on garden privet and wild privet and have also been recorded on holly, ash and wayfaring tree. (Pratt, 2011)

Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758)
Amberley, 15 vi 2018
Photo: Cat Losty
Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758)
Woolbeeding Common, 06 vi 2014
Photo: Dave Green
Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758)
Barcombe, 28 vi 2010
Photo: John Luck
Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758)
Coates Common, 18 vi 2006
Photo: Bob Eade
Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ringmer, 2 vii 2008
Photo: John Luck
Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758)
, vii 2010
Photo: Josse Davis
Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758)
Cissbury, 2 ix 2006
Photo: Adrian Thomas

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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