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Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Smerinthinae
1981 / 69.003
Photo © Dave Appleton,  15/07/2012 - Bawdeswell

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Eyed Hawk-moth
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Forewing: 30-46mm.
Flight: Two Generations. May-Jul. Aug-Sep.
Foodplant:   Poplars, Aspen, sallows and willows.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
One of the largest moths regularly visiting gardens. It is usually single brooded and flies from May to July, but a second brood emerging in August and September can occur.

Smooth bright green caterpillars have yellow stripes and a horn at the tail. Besides poplar, the larvae may feed on aspen, sallow and willows.

Recorded in 67 (97%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
05/07/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
05/07/2020627TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
04/07/2020128TF83 - N.Creake/Syderstone
04/07/2020128TF90 - Watton/Shipdham
04/07/2020+27TG13 - Baconsthorpe
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