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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 36-44mm.

Foodplant: Willows and sallows. Apple, Crab Apple.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records77631417929196
Number of individuals685341167492133
Unique positions8848658220
Unique locations9143638317
Adult records75729614625994
Immature records61121

For the county, we have a total of 1656 records from 297 sites. First recorded in 1883.


69.002 Eyed Hawk-moth 08
© Andy Nunn
69.002 Eyed Hawk-moth 07
© Ken Mccann
69.002 Eyed Hawk-moth 06
© Damian Money
69.002 Eyed Hawk-moth 05
© Andy Nunn
69.002 Eyed Hawk-moth 04 eggs
© Paul Holmes, May 2009
69.002 Eyed Hawk-moth 03 larvae
© Dave Shenton
69.002 Eyed Hawk-moth 02
© Terry Box, 26 Jun 2011
69.002 Eyed Hawk-moth 01
© Charles Fletcher, 22 Jun 2005

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from vice-counties 61 to 64 but seems to have a very patchy distribution. Whilst quite common in some low areas of VC63 and regularly recorded in parts of VC61, it seems rare elsewhere and generally seems to avoid high ground. In suburban areas it may feed on apple as much as its wild food plants (AMRH pers. comm.)

2012 (CHF): Reported from most lowland areas of the county. Numbers are stable.

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