Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Aug.

Forewing: 35-41mm

Foodplant: Scots Pine, Corsican Pine, Norway Spruce

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19921900199719982012
Year last recorded20142014201420112012
Number of records911161111
Number of individuals961091101
Unique positions3342391
Unique locations32425101
Adult records911158111
Immature records00300

For the county, we have a total of 175 records from 72 sites. First recorded in 1900.


1978 Pine Hawk-moth 06
© Terry Box, Aug 2019
1978 Pine Hawk-moth 05
© Andy Nunn
1978 Pine Hawk-moth 04
© David Ashton, 28 Jul 2014
1978 Pine Hawk-moth 03
© Nick Lawman
1978 Pine Hawk-moth 01
© Ian Andrews
1978 Pine Hawk-moth 02
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded since Porritt (1904). A single specimen was taken in a garden at Linthorpe, Middlesbrough (VC62) in 1900. It may well have come in by ship from the south of the country or the continent.

Beaumont, 2002: The regularity of records since the mid-1990s suggests that this moth is now resident in the County.
VC61. Spurn, 30.6.1992, 29.7.1995, 8 & 9.8.1996, 12.7.2000 (BRS); Allerthorpe Common, 14.8.1996, 15.7.2000 (ASE); Kilnsea, 7.7.1999 (DPB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC63. Rossington, 29.7.1997, 8.8.1997, three 12-24.7.1999, 14.7 & 23.8.2000 (RIH). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. Hillam, 21.7.1998; near Selby, 27.7.1998 (PGT). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): This species has been gradually moving north-west and numbers have been building up in the last ten years. A wave of expansion took the moth as far as the Ripon area in 2005 then it seemed to contract back, with a further expansion in 2010. 2011 was a poor year with only five reported.

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