Sphingidae : Macroglossinae

Photo © Bruce Carman,  16/06/2015 - My garden, Aldborough

  Immature stages

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Humming-bird Hawk-moth
Macroglossum stellatarum

(Linnaeus, 1758) 69.010/1984
Norfolk status
Regular migrant.
Closely resembles a hummingbird in flight when hovering at flowers.
Unlike most hawk-moths, this is largely a day-flying species and is usually seen visiting flowers in sunshine.

A widely distributed species but one which rarely manages to survive the winter in Britain, although a handful of Norfolk records suggest it can successfully overwinter in the county!

Larvae rarely found, with only a few caterpillar records in the database, including Holme in 2003 and Warham Camp in 2014.

Video by Jamie Crisp

Recorded in 63 (91%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2016.

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/10/2016127TG14 - Sheringham
11/10/2016128TF80 - Swaffham
11/10/2016127TG14 - Sheringham
08/10/2016127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
07/10/2016127TG14 - Sheringham
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Forewing: 20-24mm.
Season: April-December. (mostly Aug-Sept)
Foodplant:   Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws Wild Madder
Nat Status: Immigrant
 Immature Adult
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