Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Spurge Hawk-moth
Hyles euphorbiae
Bedstraw Hawk-moth
Hyles gallii
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Striped Hawk-moth
Hyles livornica

(Esper, 1779) 1990 / 69.015

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not supposed to reside permanently in Britain, but to here migrate from southern and west-central Europe: which goes to account for the half-century's hiatus between our two ealier records. 'One specimen taken by Mr. Garness, Jun., at Thetford' (B, Nat.. 1857, 275); a specimen taken at Felixstowe on 1 September 1904 by G. R. Hope, Havering Grange, Romford (EMM. 1904, 256). The great influx of 1931 seems to have flown across Suffolk without pausing; one dead and quite fresh male at Gorleston on 28 May (D) and a possible second at Waldringfield on 3 June (Wlr) alone were noted (Trans. i, 230).

Recent Suffolk Status: An irregular immigrant species to the county in small numbers, not usually seen every year. Best years in recent times were 2015 (6 records) and 2022 (9 records).

Life history: Multi-brooded on the continent. Suffolk records mostly during the summer months.

Identification: Striped hawk has distinctive white veins on the forewing. Both Spurge hawk and Bedstraw hawk lack these white veins.

Habitats: As an immigrant species could turn up anywhere but most records are coastal or from inland garden light traps.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2022.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/08/2022+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
30/07/2022126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
16/06/2022125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
27/05/2022125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
26/05/2022125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Forewing: 33-42mm
Flight: April-October
Foodplant:   Many plants (Willowherb and Bedstraw)
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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