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Pine Hawk-moth
Sphinx pinastri (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Sphinginae
1978 / 69.007
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Forewing: 35-41mm
Flight: One generation May-August
Foodplant:   Scots Pine, Corsican Pine, Norway Spruce
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
Locally distributed in conifer plantations and woodland, mainly in southern and eastern England, where it is believed it first settled in Suffolk, being well-established there in the 19th century.

A comparatively nondescript greyish member of the hawk-moths, adult moths come to light and feed at flowers after dark, particularly Honeysuckle. The colourful larvae grow up to around 7cm in length, feeding during the day from late June to mid September, mainly on Scots Pine.

Recorded in 65 (94%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/05/2020228TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
25/05/2020228TF84 - Burnham/Holkham
24/05/2020128TF64 - Hunstanton
24/05/2020127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
24/05/2020127TG20 - Norwich
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