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69.001 ~ 1979 ~ Lime Hawk-moth ~ Mimas tiliae
UK Status

Resident. Common S,C,

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly uncommon species, but can be locally common where there is abundant foodplant. It has mainly been recorded from eastern half of the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 70-80mm.

Confusion species

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Can occur anywhere the foodplant grows.


Lime, elm, cherry, downy and silver birch.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa just below the soil, it has also been found pupating in the cracks of bark on the tree. Larva late June-mid September.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 5th May 2008, Llanfyllin

Photo by PRW, 16th May 2007, Commins Coch

Photo by DB, 5th May 2011, Middletown

Photo by PRW, 4th Sept 2014, Commins Coch
Final instar reared from eggs

Photo by PRW, 8th Sept 2014, Commins Coch
Larva just before pupates