Striped Hawk-moth - Hyles livornica

    Description

    Wingspan 60 to 80 mm. A large and very distinctive species with brown wings striped with white.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Most records are of adults attracted to light.

    When to see it

    This immigrant species generally arrives between May and October.

    Life History

    In good migration years caterpillars can be found in Britain, the progeny of earlier arrivals. They feed on low plants such as bedstraw and dock.

    UK Status

    A scarce immigrant species, which occurs in small numbers in most years, mainly in the south. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as a migrant.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    69.015 BF1990

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map