Morley's Final Catalogue: Another periodical and sometimes frequent Hawk, whose potato-feeding larvae are as often seen as imagines. Found almost annually at Stowmarket around 1856 (Nat. vii, 276); two occurred at Woolverstone in 1858 (Ent. Wk. Int. v, 30); one at Hollesley (Hkg) and two at Ipswich (Ager) in 1898; very plentiful at Aldeburgh in 1885 (Ent. 1886, p.15); one at Bramfield and several about Ipswich in 1894-6 (Pyett, Platten); one at Woodbridge in 1910 (Rope); one at Needham in 1922 (Platten); one at Bradwell in 1928 (Mr). For the great influx of 1933 cf. Trans. ii, 183; it then occurred also at Copdock on 25 October, Hemley and in Beccles.
Recent Suffolk Status: A very rare immigrant with recent records from Dunwich Heath on 2005 and 31.10.2014, Westleton 12.09.2015 (C. Ireland), Bawdsey Hall on 19.10.2017 (M.J. Deans), a larva at Gifford's Hall 10.08.2019 (O. Sullivan), Landguard 14.09.2019 (N. Odin), Felixstowe 17.09.2020 (M. Whitcombe) and Bury St Edmunds 20/10/2020, found long dead on a wall (G. Proctor).
Life history: Larvae very rarely found, normally wandering looking for sites to pupate in late summer/autumn.
Habitats: Mainly coastal sites as it is an immigrant but could turn up anywhere.
Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.
Recorded in 22 (38%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1856. Last Recorded in 2023. Additional Stats