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Mimas tiliae (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Sept. 7, 2023, 5:15 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Sphingidae > Subfamily: Smerinthinae > Tribus: Smerinthini > Genus: Mimas > Species: Mimas tiliae
Vernacular names
Lindepijlstaart (NL), Lime Hawkmoth (EN), Le Sphinx du Tilleul (FR), Lindenschwärmer (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 Smerinthus Tiliae). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Bright green with 5–6 whitish, sloping crosslines. A prominent hook almost as long as the body width. When the caterpillar is full-grown, it looses its colourful pattern and becomes dull grey with whitish dots.

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The caterpillar leaves the tree when it is full-grown and pupates in the earth.
The adults are active at night and come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from mid April till well in July.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Tilia, Ulmus and Alnus

The larva lives mainly on Tilia, but has also been observed on other deciduous trees.

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