Morley's Final Catalogue: Not supposed to reside permanently in Britain, but to here migrate from southern and west-central Europe: which goes to account for the half-century's hiatus between our two ealier records. 'One specimen taken by Mr. Garness, Jun., at Thetford' (B, Nat.. 1857, 275); a specimen taken at Felixstowe on 1 September 1904 by G. R. Hope, Havering Grange, Romford (EMM. 1904, 256). The great influx of 1931 seems to have flown across Suffolk without pausing; one dead and quite fresh male at Gorleston on 28 May (D) and a possible second at Waldringfield on 3 June (Wlr) alone were noted (Trans. i, 230).
Recent Suffolk Status: An irregular immigrant species to the county in small numbers, not usually seen every year. Best years in recent times were 2015 (6 records) and 2022 (9 records).
Life history: Multi-brooded on the continent. Suffolk records mostly during the summer months.
Identification: Striped hawk has distinctive white veins on the forewing. Both Spurge hawk and Bedstraw hawk lack these white veins.
Habitats: As an immigrant species could turn up anywhere but most records are coastal or from inland garden light traps.
Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.
Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1857. Last Recorded in 2022. Additional Stats