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Pine hawk-moth

Pine hawk-moth

One of 18 species of British hawk-moths, the pine hawk-moth ‘Sphinx pinastri’ is not the most colourful!

However, it is a good example of what is feeding on pine needles in coniferous woodlands and gardens.

The attractive striped larvae eat Scots pine and Norway spruce needles. Adults feed on flowers after dusk, particularly honeysuckle.

Look out for these moths from May to early August.

They can sometimes be found resting during the day near lights, or you may notice the larva wandering off to pupate in August or September.

Photos: Chris Piper

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ID Tip

Grey or brownish-grey, with black streaks on the forewings (wingspan 72-80mm).

Lead Ranger


'To help ground nesting birds rear their young safely, keep yourself, dogs and ridden horses on the main tracks from the beginning of March to the end of August.'

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