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Humming-bird Hawk-moth
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Macroglossinae
1984 / 69.010
Photo © Barry Pummell

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Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: 20-24mm.
Flight: April-December. (mostly Aug-Sept)
Foodplant:   Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws. Wild Madder.
Nat Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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.


Video by Jamie Crisp

Recorded in 67 (97%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/11/2019127TG24 - Cromer
28/10/2019127TG04 - Blakeney/Cley
22/10/2019128TF80 - Swaffham
20/10/2019127TG22 - Buxton
13/10/2019128TF80 - Swaffham
Further info: Macroglossum stellatarum
 
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