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Hyles gallii (Rottemburg, 1775) Species

Last modified: Oct. 18, 2023, 2:14 p.m.

A very rare and local species throughout Belgium. Numbers can fluctuate considerably from year to year.


Family: Sphingidae > Subfamily: Macroglossinae > Tribus: Macroglossini > Genus: Hyles > Species: Hyles gallii
Vernacular names
Walstropijlstaart (NL), Bedstraw Hawkmoth (EN), Le Sphinx de la Garance (FR), Labkrautschwärmer (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1837. Catalogue des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de la Belgique, précédé du tableau des Libellulines de ce pays. — — : 1–29. On page 22 (as Deilephila Galii [sic]). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as pupa underground, it suffers from the wet winters when many die.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing from late May towards end of August.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Galium, Vitis, Fuchsia and Epilobium

The larva lives mainly on Epilobium angustifolium and also on Galium.

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It colonizes clearcuts, roadside verges, meadows, dunes etc...

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