Lime Hawkmoth

Mimas tiliae

This is a large and impressive hawkmoth with its scalloped-edged forewings and olive-green and pinkish markings. The central dark forewing markings may be variable, and in some individuals may be joined to form a cross-band.Wingspan 70-80mm. FW length 23-39mm.

The caterpillar feeds on lime, elm  and other deciduous trees. It overwinters as a pupa.

Adult flies May to early July, and is attracted to light. It may be found resting on tree trunks or walls during the day. Found in various habitats where the larval foodplant grows, including broadleaved woodland, parks and gardens. A resident species, common and widespread in the southern half of England up to Yorkshire.

All photographs taken June 2013, rear garden, Staffordshire. Attracted to moth trap.


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