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

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1986 / 69.013

Morley's Final Catalogue: Usually on coast-sandhills, mainly in south-west England. With us it is 'very rare'. Bred from a larva taken near Landguard Fort about 1865; the food-plant, Euphorbia paralias, was then abundant there but is now lost (Mr Garrett of Ipswich).

Recent Suffolk Status: Becoming a more regular migrant species to the county. Larvae found at a few sites in recent years.

Life history: Multi-brooded in its native range in Europe. Suffolk records mainly in the summer.

Identification: Similar to Bedstraw and Striped hawks. Striped hawk has distinctive white veins on the forewing. Bedstraw hawk is darker, with a narrower forewing streak.

Habitats: Coastal grassland and shingle, gardens.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1865.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/08/2023325TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
25/08/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
30/06/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
25/06/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
23/06/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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Forewing: 28-31mm.
Flight: May-October.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants spurges
GB Status: Immigrant
Former Status: Scarce Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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