The Moths of Suffolk
1980 Eyed Hawk-moth, Smerinthus ocellata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, scrub, heathland, gardens, woodland, coastal habitats, riversides, orchards and parks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to mid-July. Occasional partial second brood from early August to late September

Larval foodplants : willows and sallows (wild and cultivated varieties), Apple, wild and cultivated varieties of Crab Apple, Aspen and poplars occasionally

Morley's Final Catalogue : A good deal less common than the last Hawk, but very generally distributed, from Ipswich to Gorleston, usually found flying to light. Several larvae in Stowmarket, feeding on Ontario poplar (C, Ent. Wk. Int. vii, 116); rare in rural districts, e.g. Monks Soham on only 8 June 1915 in thirty years.

Bloomfield's Lepidoptera : Somewhat common.

Wingspan details : Forewing 36-44mm, Wingspan 75-95mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPoplar Hawk-moth, Laothoe populi

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (22.v.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Found by day on Sallow - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2002) © N Sherman
 
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Dunwich Heath (28.vi.2002) © L Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.vi.2010) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (28.iv.2010) © Brian Jones
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (11.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener