Lime Hawkmoth

Lime hawkmoth

Name: Lime Hawkmoth

Scientific name: Mimas tiliae

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?

About: A large hawkmoth with a wingspan of about 6cm. Adults fly from May to July. The caterpillars are large and green with pale streaks on each segment and a blueish 'horn' at the tail end. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of lime trees as well as silver birch and elm. Commonly found in parks and gardens, as well as woodland.

How to identify: The Lime Hawkmoth is a beautiful pinky buff colour with greyish green at the tip and base of the wings and two large dark green patches half way along the front wings. It holds its wings forming a right angled triangle. The back edge of the wing is scalloped, to help with camouflage.

Where: England and Wales.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 50
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 50

Fantastic fact: Hawkmoth caterpillars can be easily recognised as a group because they are hairless and have a noticeable curved 'horn' at the tail end.

Photograph credit: Margaret Holland

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