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Similar Suffolk Species
Convolvulus Hawk-moth
Agrius convolvuli
Privet Hawk-moth
Sphinx ligustri
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Pine Hawk-moth
Sphinx pinastri

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1978 / 69.007
=Hyloicus pinastri

Morley's Final Catalogue: Though cited from elsewhere in England as a British insect by Stephens, Stainton in 1857 knew nothing of it as such; and Greene, who seems cognisant of only vague rumours of capture in Suffolk, scouts it from our List the next year (Nat. 1858, 182), nor does Hele refer to the species in 1870. Not till the capture of males at Waldringfield in 1875 and 1877 (Waller) and at Tuddenham Martin in the latter year was it accepted as British (EMM. 1877, 67 and 136). Its expansion from Waldringfield in 1879 was rapid: Saxmundham 1879 and Ipswich asylum 1881, in which year it appeared in Aldeburgh vicarage garden, where forty examples were secured during 1882. Now this hawk ranges over quite a broad area.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common and widespread, with concentrations of records in the Sandlings and Breck areas.

Life history: Single brooded in the summer.

Identification: Smaller and plainer than both Privet and Convolvulus hawks.

Habitats: Gardens, parks, woodland, wooded heathland, conifer plantations.

Recorded in 53 (91%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1875.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
02/07/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
01/07/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
30/06/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
30/06/2024125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
30/06/2024226TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
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Forewing: 35-41mm
Flight: One generation May-August
Foodplant:   Scots Pine, Corsican Pine, Norway Spruce
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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