Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Humming-bird Hawk-moth
Macroglossum stellatarum

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1984 / 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!

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

Recorded in 67 (97%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/10/2020128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
14/10/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
14/10/2020128TF70 - Beachamwell/Oxborough
11/10/2020+27TG13 - Baconsthorpe
09/10/2020128TF70 - Beachamwell/Oxborough
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 20-24mm.
Flight: April-December. (mostly Aug-Sept)
Foodplant:   Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws Wild Madder
Nat Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
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