Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Humming-bird Hawk-moth
Macroglossum stellatarum

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1984 / 69.010

Morley's Final Catalogue: Occasionally observed hovering at flowers from August to late October, everywhere throughout the County from Stratford Mary to Gorleston but nearly always singly; especially common in certain favourable years, e.g. 1893, 1899, 1911 and 1926.

Recent Suffolk Status: A very common migrant species to the county, increasing in recent years. Regularly overwinters successfully with adults occasionally found indoors in the winter. Now also regularly seen feeding at spring flowers when conditions not suitable for migration to have occurred.

Life history: Adults can be seen all year round, but mostly during the summer months.

Identification: Similar to the Bee hawks but has fully scaled grey forewings.

Habitats: Gardens, parks, woodland rides, flowery grassland - pretty much anywhere.

Recorded in 54 (93%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1933.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/09/2023426TL97 - Hopton/Ixworth
28/09/2023126TL94 - Lavenham/Boxford
27/09/2023126TL97 - Hopton/Ixworth
26/09/2023126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
22/09/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 20-24mm.
Flight: April-December. (mostly Aug-Sept)
Foodplant:   Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws Wild Madder
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common / Immigrant
Former Status: Immigrant
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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