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Sphinx ligustri

Sphinx ligustri, known as the Privet Hawk Moth, is a species of moth found in most of the Palearctic ecozone.

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.


As its name describes, the caterpillars feed on privets, as well as ash trees, lilacs, jasmine, and a number of other plants.



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