Discover the Lime Hawk Moth

Welcome, nature enthusiasts, to an exciting journey through the remarkable world of the Lime Hawk Moth.

With its vibrant colors, elegant wings, and intriguing life cycle, this extraordinary creature never ceases to captivate both amateur naturalists and seasoned entomologists alike.

Lime Hawk Moth resting on a door

In this post, we will unravel the mysteries surrounding this majestic moth, providing you with an insightful glimpse into its life.

So, let’s spread our wings and delve into the world of the Lime Hawk Moth.

A Striking Appearance

The Lime Hawk Moth (Mimas Tiliae) is an exquisite member of the Sphingidae family, boasting an impressive wing pattern.

Its delicate wings feature a stunning combination of shades, ranging from soft lime green to dark green and browns. Sprinkled with intricate patterns that resemble foliage.

lime hawk moth - Lime moth on a piece of tree bark

These remarkable colors not only serve as a visual spectacle but also aid in camouflage, allowing the moth to blend seamlessly with its leafy surroundings.

Life Cycle and Habitat

The life cycle of the Lime Hawk Moth is a fascinating journey that begins with an inconspicuous egg. Once hatched, the caterpillar emerges, sporting a distinct lime green hue and intricate markings.

The caterpillar feeds voraciously on the leaves of deciduous trees, such as lime, elm, birch, and poplar, hence its common name.
As the caterpillar grows, it undergoes several molting stages, shedding its skin to accommodate its increasing size.

lime hawk moth caterpillar on a leaf

After reaching full maturity, it enters the pupal stage, encasing itself in a cocoon. Within this protective casing, the miraculous transformation takes place, ultimately giving rise to the resplendent Lime Hawk Moth.

Night time Aerial Acrobat

The Lime Hawk Moth’s most mesmerizing trait is its nocturnal nature. As dusk descends, it gracefully takes to the skies.

Despite being active at night, fortunate observers, particularly in Great Britain are likely to catch a glimpse of this magnificent moth during the day. As it rests with its wings spread wide, basking in the sunlight.

So, keep your eyes peeled for this awe-inspiring sight in gardens, woodlands, and even urban parks.

Conservation Status and Importance

The Lime Hawk Moth plays a significant ecological role as both a pollinator and a prey species for birds and bats.

You may be interested to know that the adult moth does not feed.

Widely seen in the U.K. particularly in the midlands and South. Unfortunately they are not commonly seen outside of the country.

Attracting Lime Hawk Moths to Your Garden

If you wish to invite these marvellous creatures into your garden, there are a few simple steps you can take.

Incorporating host plants like lime, elm, birch, or poplar will offer a welcoming environment for the caterpillars to feed and develop.


The Lime Hawk Moth, with its resplendent camouflaged wings remains a true marvel of the natural world.

From its striking appearance and remarkable metamorphosis to its essential role in the food chain, this enchanting creature exemplifies the beauty and diversity of the insect kingdom.

By appreciating and preserving the habitat these moths rely we can ensure that they continue to flourish.
Tom Watson