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.
Recorded in 62 (90%) of 69 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1834. Last Recorded in 2015.