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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 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1933.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/06/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
02/06/2024226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
21/05/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
19/05/2024126TL97 - Hopton/Ixworth
19/05/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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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
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