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Smerinthus ocellata (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: July 1, 2022, 9:06 a.m.

A common species throughout Belgium, more observed in the northern part.


Family: Sphingidae > Subfamily: Smerinthinae > Tribus: Smerinthini > Genus: Smerinthus > Species: Smerinthus ocellata
Vernacular names
Pauwoogpijlstaart (NL), Eyed Hawkmoth (EN), Le Sphinx demi-paon (FR), Abendpfauenauge (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 23 (as Smerinthus Ocellata). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year; from May till July. Sometimes a partial second generation occurs during September. They are attracted to light.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Salix and Malus

The larva lives on Salix, Malus and several other tree species. Hibernates as a pupa underground.

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