It has a 12 centimetres (4.7 in) wingspan, and is found in urban areas, forests and woodlands.
The male Privet Hawk-moth can make a hissing sound, if disturbed, by rubbing together a set of scales and spines at the end of its abdomen.
- "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. http://www.cate-sphingidae.org/taxonomy/Sphinx/ligustri.html. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- Pittaway, Tony, Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic, http://tpittaway.tripod.com/sphinx/s_lig.htm, retrieved 2009-08-02
- http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=401 - The entry for this species on UKMoths
- http://australianmuseum.net.au/Privet-Hawk-Moth - The entry for this species on Australian Museum
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