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1976 Privet Hawk-moth, Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758)

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A resident species and suspected occasional immigrant usually occurring singly or sparingly, although occasionally fairly common to common at mv light in a wide range of habitats. Generally distributed in large areas in the south, especially on the Downs, but colonies are much less frequent in the north. Very local and distinctly cyclical in numbers. Usually occurring as a single brood from late May to early August but in 2007 a partial second brood was recorded in early September. Larvae feed on garden privet and wild privet and have also been recorded on holly, ash and wayfaring tree. (Pratt, 2011)

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Woolbeeding Common, 06 vi 2014 Photo: Dave Green

Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758)

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