Proserpinus proserpina - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 1 June 2012
Proserpinus proserpina Adult


© Robin Howard

Proserpinus proserpina (Pallas, 1772)

Willowherb Hawkmoth
Sphinx de l'onagre

Wingspan: male 35-40mm female 40-45mm

A bivoltine species flying in May and June and again, briefly in August. It has only been recorded from Las Descargues and even there is a rare visitor to light. A species of damp woodland and calcareous grassland.

Larvae feed on Epilobium hirsutum, E. angustifolium, E. palustre, E. rosmarinifolium, E. montanum, Oenothera, Lythrum salicaria and fuschia.