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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 41-55mm.

Foodplant: Wild and Garden Privet, Ash, Lilac and Guelder-rose.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883180618831883
Year last recorded2014199820141928
Number of records795175
Number of individuals823130
Unique positions175144
Unique locations185144
Adult records783144
Immature records1220

For the county, we have a total of 106 records from 41 sites. First recorded in 1806.


69.006 Privet Hawk-moth 07
© Terry Box
69.006 Privet Hawk-moth 06
© Ken Mccann, 12 Jul 2015
69.006 Privet Hawk-moth 05
© Ken Mccann, 8 Jul 2015
69.006 Privet Hawk-moth 04 larva
© Dave Shenton
69.006 Privet Hawk-moth 03
© Ray Priestley, 10 Jul 2010
69.006 Privet Hawk-moth 02
© Margery Curtis, 2011
69.006 Privet Hawk-moth 01
© Ian Marshall, 5 Jul 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Occasional specimens of this moth are found in the County but it has never been clear whether these have been residents or immigrants or whether accidental or deliberate introduction has occurred. There are a few recent records, one of which is known to be an importation.

Argus 47, pub. 2005:
VC61. Kilnsea, 18.6.2004 (BRS); Easington, 21.7.2004 (MJS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Since 2004 this species has been resident in the south-east of the county with increasing numbers of records, mostly at Spurn. In 2010 there was spread up the coast to Tophill Low, Atwick and Catwick plus one near Doncaster. The only spread in 2011 was one at North Ferriby.

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