Sphingidae : Smerinthinae
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Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi
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Eyed Hawk-moth
Smerinthus ocellata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1980 / 69.002
=Smerinthus ocellatus

Morley's Final Catalogue: A good deal less common than the last Hawk (Poplar), but very generally distributed, from Ipswich to Gorleston, usually found flying to light. Several larvae in Stowmarket, feeding on Ontario poplar (C, Ent. Wk. Int. vii, 116); rare in rural districts, e.g. Monks Soham on only 8 June 1915 in thirty years.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common and widespread.

Life history: Single brooded in late spring/summer. Occasional late records of adults in recent times.

Identification: Unmistakeable.

Habitats: Gardens, parks, woodland, wooded heathland, scrub.

Recorded in 53 (91%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1915.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/07/2023326TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
13/07/2023125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
09/07/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
08/07/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
07/07/2023125TM15 - Helmingham/Claydon
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Forewing: 36-44mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Willows and sallows Apple, Crab Apple
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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