Sphingidae : Smerinthinae
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Photo © Edward Jackson,  Buff morph female and grey morph male. Hundon. 23 July 2018.

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Eyed Hawk-moth
Smerinthus ocellata
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Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1981 / 69.003

Morley's Final Catalogue: By no means infrequent about poplars throughout the county, from Felixstowe to Gorleston and Brandon staunch.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common and widespread. One of the commonest Suffolk hawk moth species.

Life history: Double brooded. Larvae occasionally found in the summer on willows and poplars.

Identification: Eyed hawk is much browner and has eye-spots on the hindwings.

Habitats: Gardens, parks, woodland, wet woodland, scrub.

Recorded in 56 (97%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/08/2023225TM38 - Bungay/Rumburgh
24/08/2023225TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
24/08/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
23/08/2023125TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
23/08/2023126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 30-46mm.
Flight: Two Generations. May-Jul. Aug-Sep.
Foodplant:   Poplars, Aspen, sallows and willows
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 2023. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2023. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023
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