Seq # 570230010

Sphinx ligustri Linnaeus, 1758 Species

Last modified: Sept. 25, 2021, 8:28 a.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Sphingidae > Subfamily: Sphinginae > Tribus: Acherontiini > Genus: Sphinx > Species: Sphinx ligustri
Vernacular names
Ligusterpijlstaart (NL), Privet hawkmoth (EN), le Sphinx du troène (FR), Ligusterschwärmer (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.




wingspan up to 11cm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Up to 100 mm, body bright green with on the flanks seven oblique, white, with purple-lined stripes, on the eleventh segment a shiny black, sharply pointed horn, head yellowish green with two broad black stripes.



The larva lives on Ligustrum, Syringa, Fraxinus, Symphoricarpus, Viburnum opulus and Sambucus nigra . Hibernates as a pupa underground, sometimes twice. The adults are attracted to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from late May till early September in one generation a year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Viburnum opulus, Sambucus nigra and Filipendula ulmaria
Host plant (genera):
Ligustrum, Fraxinus, Syringa and Symphoricarpos

The larva lives on Ligustrum, Syringa, Fraxinus, Symphoricarpus, Viburnum opulus, Sambucus nigra etc...

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Grasslands, thickets, open forests, gardens and marshes.

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