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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Apr-Dec, (mostly Aug-Sep).

Forewing: 20-24mm.

Foodplant: Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws. Wild Madder.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18651883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records74614618538651
Number of individuals83113815637648
Unique positions896211217723
Unique locations925911215822
Adult records73714017137448
Immature records50140

For the county, we have a total of 1514 records from 443 sites. First recorded in 1865.


69.010 Humming-bird Hawk-moth 04
© Andrew Rhodes
69.010 Humming-bird Hawk-moth 03 larva
© Charlie Streets, 14 Jul 2011
69.010 Humming-bird Hawk-moth 02
© Damian Money
69.010 Humming-bird Hawk-moth 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A regular migrant with several being reported in the County in most years although, as with many immigrants, most frequently near the coast. Recorded from vice-counties 61 to 64 and known to have bred in South Yorkshire in 1976 (JRB pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): Numbers of this migrant have increased significantly in the last ten years, the best being 347 records in 2006 and 198 in 2011. In some years there have been records in March and April suggesting over-wintering. There have not been many reports of larvae, the most recent being at Malham and Spurn in 2006.

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