Seq # 570370010

Proserpinus proserpina (Pallas, 1772) Species

Last modified: April 2, 2022, 3:02 p.m.

A rare migrant which has established itself from early 2000 throughout Belgium.
Nowadays a fairly common species, especially in the northern part of the country.


Family: Sphingidae > Subfamily: Macroglossinae > Tribus: Macroglossini > Genus: Proserpinus > Species: Proserpinus proserpina
Vernacular names
Teunisbloempijlstaart (NL), Willowherb Hawkmoth (EN), Le Sphinx de l'Epilobe, le Sphinx de l'Oenothère (FR), Nachtkerzenschwärmer (DE)
Proserpinus oenotherae (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
First mention in Belgium
Dubois Ch.-F. & Dubois A. 1874. Les Lépidoptères de la Belgique, leurs chenilles et leurs chrysalides décrits et figurés d’après nature. Tome premier. — — 1: i–lxvi, 1–19, 122 colour plates with opposite text (not numbered).. On page 107 (as Pterogon oenotherae). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The caterpillar occurs in two colour forms: a normal creamy-white one and a brownish one.


The species hibernates as a pupa among plant debris.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from early May till the end of June. They come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Lythrum salicaria and Oenothera biennis
Host plant (genera):

The larva lives mainly on Oenothera biennis, but can also be found on different species of Epilobium.

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