Privet Hawk Moth

The Privet Hawk Moth is the biggest resident moth in the UK with a wingspan of 9 to 12 cm. It is mainly found in the southern half of the UK.

They are seen for a short time between June and July and they are often missed due to their excellent forewing camouflage of tans and black – despite their pink and black body markings.

Named for their favoured food – privet, but will also feed on Lilac and Ash.

As caterpillars, the Privet Hawk Moth is a bright green with purple and white stripes running down their sides and has a distinctive curved horn at the rear.