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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 23-39mm.

Foodplant: Limes, elms, birches and Alder.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19601883194019611966
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records27318636127256
Number of individuals24619734330159
Unique positions73471279619
Unique locations74471329616
Adult records26218333024852
Immature records10313153

For the county, we have a total of 1148 records from 365 sites. First recorded in 1883.


69.001 Lime Hawk-moth 11 Top
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
69.001 Lime Hawk-moth 10 Head
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
69.001 Lime Hawk-moth 09 Side
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
69.001 Lime Hawk-moth 08
© Andy Nunn
69.001 Lime Hawk-moth 07
© Dean Stables
69.001 Lime Hawk-moth 06
© Paul Kipling, 25 Jun 2009
69.001 Lime Hawk-moth 04 brown form
© Charles Fletcher, 19 Jun 2009
69.001 Lime Hawk-moth 01 larva
© Charlie Streets, 9 Sep 2009
69.001 Lime Hawk-moth 03
© Ian Andrews
69.001 Lime Hawk-moth 02
© Damian Money
69.001 Lime Hawk-moth 05
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species extended its range into the south of VC63 in the early 1950s. It was found breeding in Doncaster in 1950 by A.H. Wright and stated by G.E. Hyde to have been rare before 1955 but common in limes in the town centre from then on. Since 1975 Wright found it wherever he looked for it in the Doncaster area. The range extension has continued through the 1980s and it has now been found as far north as Ripon (VC64). It is mainly found in suburban areas where lime has been extensively planted but may also occur elsewhere on wild lime and elm and there are two records which suggest other wild food plants may also be chosen. (All Doncaster area information per PS).

2012 (CHF): This moth has continued to spread north into Northumberland on the east side of the country and south Cumbria on the west. It can now be found almost anywhere in the county and numbers appear stable. 81 records in 2011.

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