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Kent Moth Group


Lime Hawk-moth

Mimas tiliae

Family: Sphingidae

RES: 69.001 B&F: 1979

Verification Grade (Adult):

Common and widespread across Kent. This moth takes its English name from the 'tiliae' (Lime) in the scientific name, due to it being a Lime feeder, but it also feeds on a variety of other tree species. Not really easily confused with any other species than perhaps Willowherb Hawk-moth which is clearly smaller and chunkier with a solid dark green band across the forewings rather than the broken band in Lime Hawk-moth. Various forms exist, which vary the colour from shades of green to shades of reddish-brown.

Flight Season: April to July

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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External Links

More information about Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae) can be seen on the external pages listed below: