Sphingidae : Sphinginae
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Privet Hawk-moth
Sphinx ligustri

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1976 / 69.006

Davey, P., 2009: A species found in southern England and Wales, the larva feeding on wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare), holly (Ilex aquifolium), ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and lilac (Syringa vulgaris). In Dorset, the moth is commonest in chalky districts where wild privet and ash occur together and rarest where these two plants are absent, for example on heathland. Frequent trapping in holly-rich habitat, such as Holt Wood, has failed to produce the moth, although Reverend E Bankes found the larva... Read More

Recorded in 39 (98%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1888.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 41-55mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Wild and Garden Privet, Ash, Lilac and Guelder-rose
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
19/08/201929SU00 - Wimborne
13/08/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
10/08/201919SY98 Wareham
01/08/201919SY98 Wareham
27/07/201919SY79 Puddletown

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