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Sphinx ligustri
(privet hawkmoth)



Sphinx ligustri (privet hawkmoth)


  • Last modified
  • 17 November 2021
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Sphinx ligustri
  • Preferred Common Name
  • privet hawkmoth
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Sphinx ligustri Linnaeus

Preferred Common Name

  • privet hawkmoth

International Common Names

  • French: sphinx a troene

Local Common Names

  • Denmark: ligustersvaermer
  • Finland: syreenikiitaejae
  • Germany: Schwaermer, Liguster-
  • Netherlands: Ligusterpijlstaart
  • Norway: ligustersvermer
  • Sweden: ligustersvaemare

EPPO code

  • SPHXLI (Sphinx ligustri)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Sphingidae
  •                             Genus: Sphinx
  •                                 Species: Sphinx ligustri

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 25 Feb 2021

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Baumhaueria goniaeformis Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Compsilura concinnata Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Frontina laeta Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Huebneria affinis Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Masicera sphingivora Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Nilea hortulana Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Phryxe erythrostoma Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Phryxe nemea Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Winthemia cruentata Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Winthemia variegata Parasite Arthropods|Larvae

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