Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Humming-bird Hawk-moth
Macroglossum stellatarum

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1984 / 69.010

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.

Recorded in 67 (91%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10kGeneral Area
01/11/2023128TL78Weeting
31/10/2023127TG50Great Yarmouth
30/10/2023128TF70Beachamwell
29/10/2023128TL78Weeting
29/10/2023128TF70Beachamwell
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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
 Immature Adult

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