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Humming-bird Hawk-moth
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Macroglossinae
1984 / 69.010
Photo © Keith Zealand,  Sheringham 01/07/10

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Similar Species: None
Forewing: 20-24mm.
Flight: April-December. (mostly Aug-Sept)
Foodplant:   Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws. Wild Madder.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common / Immigrant
Former Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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.

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

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
24/05/2024128TF63Snettisham
15/05/2024127TG31Upton
01/05/2024127TG23North Walsham
30/04/2024127TG10Cringleford (UEA)
17/04/2024128TF64Hunstanton
14/04/2024127TG23North Walsham
26/03/2024128TF63Snettisham
22/03/2024128TF63Snettisham
16/03/2024128TF72Great Massingham
15/03/2024128TF72Great Massingham
Further info: Macroglossum stellatarum
 
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