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Humming-bird Hawk-moth
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Macroglossinae
1984 / 69.010
Photo © Pauline Walton,  Briston, 19/09/09

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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.

Recorded in 67 (91%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/10/2021128TF70 - Beachamwell/Oxborough
08/10/2021127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
05/10/2021127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
02/10/2021127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
21/09/2021128TF52 - Terrington
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