Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Bedstraw Hawk-moth
Hyles gallii

(Rottemburg, 1775) 1987 / 69.014
Photo © Charles Fletcher, 21 Jul 2001,  SE323733 Hutton Conyers, VC65

Striped Hawk-moth
Hyles livornica
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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local migrant/wanderer.

This attractive migrant species turns up almost every year in the county in small quantities. Like most migrant hawk-moths, the majority of these are coastal. Larvae are reported quite frequently, and although we have no evidence of a resident population in the county, it is said to be temporarily resident in counties to our south east - Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. It is permanently resident across much of Europe apart from Spain and Portugal, Northern France and much of the Low Countries. The best year so far was 2017 with 17 records.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This migrant is often absent for many years, presumably until the European population builds up to a peak and then there are large scale immigrations and it becomes established for a few years. This happened in the 1950s and again in the 1970s, when 1973 was a notable year. There have been occasional records since.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 66 (33%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1859.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 34-38mm.
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   Bedstraws, Rosebay Willowherb, madders, fuschias.
Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Nationally Rare / Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
19/08/2023161TA23 - Aldbrough
15/07/2023+63SE22 - Dewsbury
06/09/2022161TA27 - Flamborough Head (North)
13/08/2022161TA31 - Skeffling / Easington
12/08/2022162NZ61 - Guisborough
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