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Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)

Humming-bird Hawk-moth
69.0100 (B&F: 1984)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Bombycoidea
    »Family: Sphingidae
      »Subfamily: Macroglossinae
        »Tribe: Macroglossini

An immigrant moth which occurs singly by day and at mv light, sometimes sparingly, although it is occasionally fairly common along parts of the East Sussex coast. Widespread but extremely local and distinctly episodic if more than singletons are encountered. Detected annually since 1972. Arrives from the continent in waves chiefly between early June and early November, with numbers being boosted by home-grown emergences during the autumn. Adults have been recorded in every week of the year except for the first and third weeks of December and the last three weeks of January. The larvae feed on lady's bedstraw and other species of bedstraw. (Pratt, 2011)

Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Crowborough, 31 vii 2018
Photo: Charles Waters
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Beachy Head, 31 vii 2015
Photo: Keith Alexander
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Beachy Head, 09 viii 2015
Photo: Keith Alexander
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Beachy Head, 11 viii 2015
Photo: Keith Alexander
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Bracklesham, 14 viii 2014
Photo: Derek Lee
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Beachy Head, 05 viii 2015
Photo: Keith Alexander
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Brighton Wildpark LNR, 15 xi 2003
Photo: Dan Danahar
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
, 1 vii 2010
Photo: Nicki Kent
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Hampden Park, 24 ix 2010
Photo: Ron Elphick
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Steyning, 18 viii 2010
Photo: Neil Hulme
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Bracklesham, 13 ix 2013
Photo: Derek Lee
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Eastbourne, 20 x 2010
Photo: Anna Grist
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Brighton Wildpark LNR, 12 x 2003
Photo: Dan Danahar
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Brighton Wildpark LNR, 18 x 2003
Photo: Dan Danahar

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Phenology (larval)

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