Convolvulus Hawk-moth

Agrius convolvuli


Species Codes

B&F 1972 RES 69.004

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Species Account

An annual migrant with a penchant for clean sheets hanging on washing lines. This large Hawk-moth has been found all over Kent, but as demonstrated by the map below is most likely to be encountered at the coast from Dungeness to Margate. This is not surprising given the direction of arrival from mainland Europe.

It can be found at any time from late July through to early November and is most likely when there is a southern airflow emanating from southern Europe or Africa, but any wind from the South could bring them to our shores. The likely confusion species is Privet Hawk-moth, but that is a much browner moth with an obvious black-ish head.

Record Verification

Grade 1 adults are generally distinctive and unlikely to be confused with other species, but records outside documented range or flight period may require photos.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) in the Kent database. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Use the control below to filter by time span:


The graph below shows at which time of the year Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records of Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email Click on a photo if you would like to see it larger.

External Links

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