Mimas tiliae

Lime Hawkmoth Mimas tiliae

This is a large and impressive hawkmoth with its scalloped-edged forewings and olive-green and pinkish markings. The central dark forewing markings may be variable, and in some individuals may be joined to form a cross-band. Wingspan 55 to 70mm.

Lime Hawkmoth Mimas tiliae

The adult flies May to early July, and is attracted to light. It may be found resting on tree trunks or walls during the day. Found in various habitats where the larval foodplant grows, including broadleaved woodland, parks and gardens. A resident species, common and widespread in the southern half of England up to Yorkshire.

Lime Hawkmoth Mimas tiliae

The larvae feed on lime, elm and other deciduous trees. It overwinters as a pupa.

Lime Hawkmoth Mimas tiliae


Photographs taken in June 2013.