Hawk Moths

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I know the hawk moths love datura, but what other garden flowers attract them?

Red Oak, TX

Summer/Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) is the big draw in my yard -- even more so than datura. I'll often have several flying around it at the same time. They're using it for the nectar, where as some species use the datura for both nectar and as a host plant. Pentas are also another good nectar plant (and a host for the Tersa sphinx).

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks so much!

Lizella, GA(Zone 8a)

Butterfly Gingers.

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Pueblo, CO(Zone 5b)

In my yard, it is Four O'clock - especially the lighter colored white and yellow ones. I grow white ones by the front porch for that reason - we can sit out ther in the evening, enjoy the fragrance, and watch the hawk/sphinx moths. I also grow petunias there - and I never get tomato hornworms on the other side of the house!

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