Hawk moths

There are about 20 hawk-moths that you might come across in The British Isles, some far more often than others. Some are day-flying (diurnal), some night-flying (nocturnal), some drawn to light others preferring sweet nectar. These moths sit in the Sphingidae grouping, and are more generally known as Sphinx moths elsewhere.

Pine Hawk-moth
Eyed Hawk-moth


Privet Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Elephant Hawk-moth
Lime Hawk-moth
Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Poplar Hawk-moth

The photos above are the eight hawk-moths we have seen in our garden over the last three years of mothing here. So, still plenty to “tick”, as it were.