Lime Hawk-moth - Mimas tiliae

    Description

    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.

    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    69.001 BF1979

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map