The Moths of Suffolk
1979 Lime Hawk-moth, Mimas tiliae, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Urban areas, gardens, heathland, fens, broadleaved woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to early July

Larval foodplants : Limes, elms, birches and Alder

Morley's Final Catalogue : Rarely seen outside towns, where it flies to light: fairly common in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Beccles, (undersized) Gorleston, &c. Only once, in 1906, at Monks Soham through thirty years. Sometimes feeds on birch (C., Ent. Wk. Intell. vii, 116).

Wingspan details : Forewing 23-39mm, Wingspan 70-80mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWillowherb Hawk-moth, Proserpinus proserpina

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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7 95 100 19 7

Life history chart
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pupa pupa pupa pupa pupaimago ovaimago larva larvapupa larvapupa pupa pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Eye (19.vii.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Mating pair. - Redgrave fen, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman
Red form - Icknield way, Suffolk (v.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (7.v.2009) © Neil Sherman
Female emerged from pupa found under pile of logs - Ipswich, Suffolk (14.v.2009) © Neil Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (4.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (27.iv.2010) © Neil Sherman
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (27.vi.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ex ova laid by female trapped in July - Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Female, ex ova from female trapped 2014. Emerged April 2015 - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2014) © Neil Sherman