Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk.15 October 2011

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Silver-striped Hawk-moth
Hippotion celerio

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1993 / 69.018

Morley's Final Catalogue: Suffolk has been favoured by this casual immigrant from southern and west-central Europe as often during the half-century from 1854 as, probably, any part of Britain; in all some fifteen examples are enumerated in September and October during those fifty years. Two specimens have been taken in Stowmarket; they fell into the possession of the late Mr. Peck (Nat. 1857, 275; Stn. Manual, 96). Several times at Beccles (Bloomfield): one at light in a Beccles Chemist's shop on 15 October 1860 (Winter in Ent. Wk. Intell. ix, 26). Larvae were found, feeding on the vine, at Newmarket in 1865 (Bloomfield's Adds.); also at Orford that year, at Ipswich in 1867, and Woodbridge in October 1878. One at Felixstow on 14 September (MI, Ent. 1886, 42); one at Honington on 19 September by Hind (Ent. 1886, 42); and two at Aldeburgh during October (Cooper, l.c. 15), all in 1885. Finally another was found at rest at the base of a Nicotiana affinis plant in Mr. J. G. Franklin's Saxmundham garden on 15-16 October 1903 (Carter, l.c. 1904, 44).

Recent Suffolk Status: A very irregular immigrant species to the county in recent times.

Life history: Multi-brooded in Europe. Normally seen in late autumn in Suffolk.

Identification: Similar to Striped, Spurge and Bedstraw hawks but the smooth taped cream and silver stripe down the forewing is distinctive.

Habitats: As an immigrant could turn up anywhere but most records are coastal or from garden light traps.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2017.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/10/2017125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
15/10/2011125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
05/10/2010125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
15/10/2006125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
1958126TL86 - Bury St Edmunds
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Forewing: 33-35mm.
Flight: Two generations May-July. Aug-Oct.
Foodplant:   Grape-vine, Virginia-creeper
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
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