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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug, a few through Sep.

Forewing: 30-46mm.

Foodplant: Poplars, Aspen, sallows and willows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291930190819401972
Year last recorded20142014201420152015
Number of records5426264118132924656
Number of individuals69523968253166901170
Unique positions16018021327058
Unique locations16217920427454
Adult records5365259017222730641
Immature records185793

For the county, we have a total of 13460 records from 873 sites. First recorded in 1908.


69.003 Poplar Hawk-moth 08
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
69.003 Poplar Hawkmoth 10 Side
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69.003 Poplar Hawk-moth 09 Top
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69.003 Poplar Hawk-moth 07
© Andy Nunn
69.003 Poplar Hawk-moth 06 larva
© Charlie Streets, 14 Sep 2012
69.003 Poplar Hawk-moth 05
© Lee Wiseman
69.003 Poplar Hawk-moth 04
© Paul Kipling, 15 May 2010
69.003 Poplar Hawk-moth 03 bilateral gynandromorph
© Damian Money
69.003 Poplar Hawk-moth 02
© Ian Andrews
69.003 Poplar Hawk-moth 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties and often frequent or common, even at altitude, for instance at 200m on Burn Moor (SLS pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread over virtually all of the county. Number are stable. The flight time phenogram is interesting - showing peaks in early June and in July. This does not quite fit with the literature which suggests a partial second generation in August/September.

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