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Sphingidae

Sphingidae consists of the Hawkmoths. All species are impressive, and are from medium size to very large. Britain's largest non-immigrant species of hawkmoth is the Privet Hawkmoth, and our largest hawkmoth is the Death's Head Hawkmoth. We get 7 hawkmoth species breeding here, and some other species in good sized numbers each year, and some species once or twice each year, and some have only been recorded once or twice in Britain. Some are active by day (such as Hummingbird Hawkmoth & the bee hawkmoths) but most are active at night.


There are three subfamilies in Britain; Sphinginae, Smerinthinae and Macroglossinae.

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