Lime Hawk-moth

Mimas tiliae

Lime Hawk-moth Lime Hawk-moth

The Lime Hawk-moth is one of the prettiest hawk-moths in its pink and green livery. The wing pattern is variable. Despite its large size and the name "hawk-moth", it is docile and harmless.

Like many large moths, it doesn't even feed, living on the food reserves of the caterpillar. Wingspan 55-70mm; UK flight time May-Jun.

Lime Hawk-moth  

The beautiful photograph of a pair Lime Hawk-moths mating above was posted to Facebook page by Darren Parsons and is used here with his permission.

Lime Hawk-moth caterpillar
Link to Lime Hawk-moth caterpillar