Sphingidae : Smerinthinae

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  Immature stages

Similar Norfolk Species
Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi
Eyed Hawk-moth
Smerinthus ocellata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 69.002/1980
Norfolk status
A spectacular hawk-moth, with large pink, blue and black eye patches on its rear wings. These eye spots can only be seen when the moth is disturbed.

The caterpillars grow up to 7. 5cm long and have a blue 'horn' at one end which distinguishes them from the otherwise similar larva of the poplar hawk-moth.
Note: both larvae of Eyed & Lime hawk-moth have a blue tail, but warts on the anal flap of Lime hawk-moth are diagnostic.

Recorded in 64 (93%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2015.

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/09/2015127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
23/08/2015127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
August 2015+27TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
23/07/2015127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
21/07/2015128TF50 - Upwell/Marshland
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Forewing: 36-44mm.
Season: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Willows and sallows Apple, Crab Apple
Nat Status: Common
 Immature Adult
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