Pine Hawk-moth - Sphinx pinastri

    Alternative names
    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.

    Identification difficulty

    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)

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map