Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
ABH BF

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  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.

Recorded in 62 (90%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2014.

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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/10/2014127TG14 - Sheringham
19/10/2014127TG20 - Norwich
14/10/2014128TF84 - Burnham/Holkham
03/10/2014127TG14 - Sheringham
03/10/2014127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
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Forewing: 20-24mm.
Season: April-December. (mostly Aug-Sept)
Foodplant:   Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws Wild Madder
Nat Status: Immigrant
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