Lime Hawk-moth

Mimas tiliae


Species Codes

B&F 1979 RES 69.001

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Species Account

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.

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 Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae) 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 Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae) 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 Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae) 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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