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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Aug-Sep, (May-Oct)..

Forewing: 33-35mm.

Foodplant: Bedstraws, Willowherb.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18471868184619582002
Year last recorded20092005198819582002
Number of records431111
Number of individuals21511
Unique positions331011
Unique locations331011
Adult records431011
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 20 records from 18 sites. First recorded in 1846.


69.018 Silver-striped Hawk-moth 02
© Barry Spence, 28 Aug 2009
69.018 Silver-striped Hawk-moth 01
© Charles Fletcher, 24 Oct 2002

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are two recent records of this rare migrant in Yorkshire. Two previously unmentioned older records have also come to light.
VC61. Rudston, 19.9.1980 (ASE).
VC63. Sheffield: Handsworth, one October 1965, and Bents Green Road, one 1.11.1968 (Harrison & Smellie, 1979); Meltham, Huddersfield, 23.10.1988 (M. Tunmore).

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 24.10.2002 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): There have been two more records, Whitby in 2005 and Spurn in 2009.

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