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Spurge hawk moth

Spurge hawk moth

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DAVID AUBREY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID AUBREY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Spurge hawk moth (Hyles euphorbiae) on a grass. This moth is found across much of southern and central Europe and central Asia. It lays its eggs on the spurge plant (Euphorbia sp.), from which it takes its name. Its larvae (caterpillars) are very destructive to the plant. Leafy spurge was introduced into North America in the 19th Century and rapidly became invasive. In 1965, the spurge hawk moth was introduced to combat the invasion. However, predation by native animals and the rapid spread of leafy spurge have meant that the moth's introduction has had little effect.

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