Pine hawkmoth - photo K.Noble

Pine Hawkmoth - K.Noble

Sphinx pinastri, known as the Pine Hawk-moth, is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is found in Palearctic ecozone and sometimes the Nearctic ecozone. This species has been found in Scotland but is usually found in England.

The larvae feed on Scots Pine, Swiss Pine, Siberian Pine and Norway Spruce.


Sphinx pinastri's wings are gray with black dashes. The wingspan is 234–312 inches (70–89 mm). The moth flies from April to August depending on the location.

The back of the thorax is grey with two dark bands around both sides.
Pine Hawmoth TL

When the Pine Hawkmoth is active


The females lay their eggs in groups of 2 or 3 along pine or spruce needles.

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