Spurge Hawk-moth

Hyles euphorbiae


Species Codes

B&F 1986 RES 69.013

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Species Account

A scarce but regular migrant to the Kent coast, mostly between Dungeness and Margate. It has been recorded between June and August and may be increasing over recent years, with Kent scoring a majority of the records. Similar in appearance to Bedstraw Hawk-moth but in Spurge, the pale stripe along the forewing is thick and arcs out to almost touch the leading edge.

Record Verification

Grade 2 adults can be confused with other species, so good quality photographs or possibly a specimen will be required if the recorder is not familiar with the species.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae) 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 Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae) 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 Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email mothsinkent@gmail.com. Click on a photo if you would like to see it larger.

External Links

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