Seq # 570230010

Sphinx ligustri Linnaeus, 1758 Species

Last modified: Oct. 18, 2023, 1:34 p.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 (as Sphinx Ligustri). view page




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.


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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