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Spurge Hawk-moth
Hyles euphorbiae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Macroglossinae
1986 / 69.013
Photo © Allan Drewitt,  Snettisham specimen on display at RSPB Titchwell, August 2003

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Forewing: 28-31mm.
Flight: May-October.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants, Spurge. (Wood Spurge, Sea Spurge)
Red List:
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Scarce immigrant.
A sporadic migrant to southern England from south Europe, larvae are rarely found.

Very few adult moths have ever been recorded in Norfolk. The most recent was netted in a garden at Snettisham on Aug 11th 2003 by a young boy (A. Peach), although it is thought by many that this was a bred specimen. Another example was recently determined, found in an old moth collection, taken at MV light in Scole. (M. Hall, 30/07/1990)

Barrett [VCH 1901] Deilephila euphorbiae, Linn.
"I had the singularly good fortune to capture a male specimen, hovering at flowers of verbena, in my garden at King's Lynn, on September 7th, 1887. This I believe to be the only example ever taken in the county."

The rare discovery of a larva was spotted feeding on Sea Spurge and photographed on the beach near Heacham in October 2022. (N. Harris, 21/10/2022). Prior to this a larva was last seen in Norfolk in 1952, crossing a towing-path adjoining a marsh at Martham. The adult moth was bred out and emerged in 1954 after being in the pupal stage for two years.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 5 (7%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2022.
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Latest 10 Records
21/10/2022128TF63Snettisham Beach
August 1952127TG41Martham
07/09/1887128TF62King's Lynn/Dersingham
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