Pine Hawk-moth - Sphinx pinastri

Alt Name
Hyloicus pinastri

Wingspan 65-80 mm. A fairly nondescript member of the hawk-moths, the greyish brown wings usually have three or four dark streaks in the centre.


It inhabits coniferous woodland and areas where Scots Pine is present.

When to see it

It flies in a single generation from May to early August.

Life History

The larva, which is rather more colourful than the moth, feeds on the needles of Scots Pine

UK Status

British records are mainly from England, and predominantly from an area South of the Humber - particularly towards the Eastern side of that area.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

69.007 BF1978

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map