Hyles zygophylli

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Bean-caper hawkmoth
Hyles zygophylli BMNHE271454 female up.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Hyles
Species: H. zygophylli
Binomial name
Hyles zygophylli
(Ochsenheimer, 1808)[1]
  • Sphinx zygophylli Ochsenheimer, 1808
  • Sphinx zygophylli Baron Marschall de Bieberstein, 1809
  • Celerio zygophylli jaxartis Froreich, 1938
  • Celerio zygophylli xanthoxyli Derzhavets, 1977
  • Hyles zygophylli kirgisa Eitschberger & Lukhtanov, 1996

Hyles zygophylli (bean-caper hawkmoth) is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is found in western and eastern Turkey, Armenia, eastern Transcaucasia, Daghestan, northern Syria, northern Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and northern Afghanistan. It is also found from western, northern and central Xinjiang Province east to Shaanxi Province and north to Mongolia. There is one record of a vagrant from Croatia.

The wingspan is 60–75 mm. Adults are on wing from the end of April to mid May, July or August and sometimes mid September in two or three generations. In cooler mountainous areas, most are on wing during June and July, with a partial second generation in late September or October.

The larvae feed on Zygophyllum fabago and other Zygophyllum species such as Zygophyllum oxianum. They possibly also feed on flower-heads of Eremurus. Larvae have also been reared on Tribulus species.


  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 

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