Library                   Encyclopedia


  • Antlion
  • Beautiful demoiselle, or black-winged damselfly
  • Birch leaf roller
  • Buzzer midge
  • Click beetle
  • Cockchafer
  • Colorado beetle
  • Common Blue
  • Common brimstone
  • Common club-tail
  • Common green shieldbug
  • Common house mosquito  
  • Common pond skater
  • Common stag beetle
  • Common wasp
  • Common water scorpion
  • European hornet
  • Eyed hawk-moth
  • Firebug
  • Forest cockroach
  • Forest ground beetle
  • Garden spider
  • Garden tiger moth
  • Great diving beetle
  • Gypsy moth
  • Honeybee
  • Large poplar longhorn beetle
  • Large white
  • Longhorn beetle
  • Mantis
  • Old World swallowtail
  • Painted lady
  • Pale giant horse-fly
  • Peacock butterfly
  • Peppered moth
  • Red admiral
  • Red ant
  • Red-tailed bumblebee
  • Rose chafer
  • Seven-spot ladybird
  • Silver-washed fritillary
  • Soldier beetle
  • Steppe grasshopper
  • Striped shield bug
  • Variable damselfly
  • Wasp spider
  • Water boatman
  • Yellow-winged darter
704 illustration
704 photo 01

Eyed hawk-moth

Smerinthus ocellatus

The forewings of this moth are brown with a reddish bloom and clouded with an olive-brown pattern. It has a wingspan of 60 to 88 millimetres. Its hind wings are rosy red at the base, and each has a large, beautiful eye-like spot that is grey at the centre, surrounded by blue and ringed with black. It also has a wide brown stripe stretching along its body. The caterpillar has a rough green skin sprinkled with white, and seven oblique white stripes on each side. It has a blue tail horn and white spiracles ringed with dark red.

With the exception of Arctic areas, the eyed hawk-moth can be found between May and July in most of Europe, Asia Minor, southeastern Siberia and the Altai Mountains. The caterpillars live on willow, birch, pear, apple, bird cherry, aspen, poplar and alder trees.

Adult moths do not feed. Caterpillars feed on tree and shrub leaves.

  • Illustration
  • Photos
  • Video