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Eyed Hawk-moth
Smerinthus ocellata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Smerinthinae
1980 / 69.002
Photo © Jon Kelf,  02/05/2022 - Neatishead

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Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi
Forewing: 36-44mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Willows and sallows. Apple, Crab Apple.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Status
A spectacular hawk-moth, with large pink, blue and black eye patches on its rear wings. These eye spots can only be seen when the moth is disturbed.

The caterpillars grow up to 7.5cm long and have a blue 'horn' at one end which distinguishes them from the otherwise similar larva of the poplar hawk-moth.
Both the larvae of Eyed Hawk-moth & Lime hawk-moth have a blue tail, but warts on the anal flap of Lime hawk-moth are characteristic.

Recorded in 67 (91%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
16/07/2024127TG31Upton
13/07/2024127TG31Acle
11/07/2024127TG42Eccles
11/07/2024128TF62King's Lynn
10/07/2024127TG10Cringleford (UEA)
09/07/2024127TG42Eccles
09/07/2024128TL99Rockland St Peter
09/07/2024+27TG42Hickling NNR / Potter Heigham
09/07/2024+27TG41Filby
07/07/2024127TG42Eccles
Further info: Smerinthus ocellata
 
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