Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Immature stages

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Spurge Hawk-moth
Hyles euphorbiae
Striped Hawk-moth
Hyles livornica
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Bedstraw Hawk-moth
Hyles gallii

(Rottemburg, 1775) 1987 / 69.014

Morley's Final Catalogue: Immigrants from the continent occasionally establish themselves amongst the Galium of our coast as in 1888, in addition to our Breck-sands as in 1859; but are now almost unobserved in the County for a half-century.

Recent Suffolk Status: A regular immigrant species to the county in small numbers each year. Has established localized breeding colonies on the coast.

Life history: Extended single brood throughout the summer. Larvae found in late summer/early autumn.

Identification: Similar to Spurge and Striped hawks. Striped hawk has distinctive white veins on the forewing. Spurge hawk is lighter in colour, with a broad forewing streak.

Habitats: Heathland, coastal grassland and sandhills, woodland rides, gardens, scrub.

Recorded in 23 (40%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/08/2023+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
19/08/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
01/07/2023125TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
24/07/2022125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
14/08/2021126TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
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Forewing: 34-38mm.
Flight: May-August.
Foodplant:   Bedstraws, Rosebay Willowherb, madders, fuschias
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Nationally Rare / Immigrant
Former Status: Immigrant (Resident)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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