Sphingidae : Smerinthinae
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Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1981 / 69.003
Photo © Lee Wiseman,  Skipton, VC64

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Yorkshire Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties and often frequent or common, even at altitude, for instance at 200m on Burn Moor (SLS pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread over virtually all of the county. Number are stable. The flight time phenogram is interesting - showing peaks in early June and in July. This does not quite fit with the literature which suggests a partial second generation in August/September.

Recorded in 176 (88%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1879.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 30-46mm
Flight: May - July, August - September
Foodplant:   Poplars, Aspen, sallows and willows.
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
03/09/2022162SE65 - York (E)
02/09/2022162SE76 - Kirkham
01/09/2022161TA07 - Hunmanby
31/08/2022261SE64 - Wheldrake
31/08/2022164SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
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