Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Humming-bird Hawk-moth
1984 Macroglossum stellatarum
(Linnaeus, 1758) 69.010
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!

Recorded in 60 (87%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2013.

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/11/2013127TG21 - N.Norwich/Spixworth
19/10/2013128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
18/10/2013128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
17/10/2013128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
15/10/2013228TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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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