Striped Hawk-moth

Hyles livornica


Species Codes

B&F 1990 RES 69.015

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Species Account

A scarce but regular migrant to Kent. This species has been found across the county, but more recently the highest frequency seems to be the Dungeness area, with other records scattered up the coast as far as Margate. Mostly likely to be encountered between May and September, the highest number of records are from the first half of June.

Superficially similar to the much rarer Silver-striped Hawk-moth, Striped Hawk-moth has a fairly thick and straight stripe running across the forewing, the intersecting pale lines separating it from Spurge Hawk-moth and Bedstraw Hawk-moth. In Silver-striped, the line is more cream-coloured and is curved towards the apex of the forewing. In addition to this, Silver-striped has two white-edged black spots on the forewing which are absent on Striped.

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 Striped Hawk-moth (Hyles livornica) 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 Striped Hawk-moth (Hyles livornica) 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 Striped Hawk-moth (Hyles livornica) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Striped Hawk-moth (Hyles livornica) 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.

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