Lime Hawk-moth - Mimas tiliae


Wingspan 55-70 mm. It has a distinctive scalloped-edged forewing, subtly coloured in pinkish and green. The central dark band is quite variable in size and extent.

Identification difficulty

Occupying woodland and suburban habitats.

When to see it

It flies in May and June, and often comes to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on Lime as well as a number of other deciduous trees including Birch, Alder and Elm. They are typically green with yellow stripes and a blue horn at the rear. When ready to pupate, they change colour to a dull greyish or purplish brown and begin to wander, looking for a pupation site. This is when they are most often encountered.

UK Status

A reasonably common species in the southern half of Britain, it was most frequent in the London area, where there are still extensive tree-lined avenues. In recent years its distribution has spread northwards and is now regularly found well into north Yorkshire and beyond. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It is fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

69.001 BF1979

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map