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Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Smerinthinae
1981 / 69.003
Photo © Dave Jones,  07/07/2013 - Stoke Holy Cross

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Eyed Hawk-moth
Smerinthus ocellata
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 07.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/08/2020128TF90 - Watton/Shipdham
10/08/2020128TL99 - Thompson/Gt.Hocking
09/08/2020327TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
09/08/2020127TG31 - Horning/Hoveton
09/08/2020327TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
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