The Moths of Suffolk
1984 Humming-bird Hawk-moth, Macroglossum stellatarum, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Immigrant; suspected resident

Local Status : Immigrant (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Recorded from most areas of the county

Flight Period : Recorded from April to October, with peaks in June and August to mid-September

Larval foodplants : Lady's Bedstraw, Hedge Bedstraw and Wild Madder

Morley's Final Catalogue : Occasionally observed hovering at flowers from August to late October, everywhere throughout the County from Stratford Mary (Miss Bradley) to Gorleston (D), but nearly always singly; especially common in certain favourable years, e.g. 1893, 1899, 1911 and 1926. Localities are superfluous: Bentley, Ipswich, Easton, Monks Soham, Framlingham (Vinter) Aldeburgh, Dunwich in 1933, Southwold (E. R. Cooper), Lowestoft, Beccles, &c. No rarer inland; and Dr. Bree terms it frequent about Stowmarket (Nat. 1857).

Bloomfield's Lepidoptera : Generally distributed.

Wingspan details : Forewing 20-24mm, Wingspan 50-58mm


Confusion species : None

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Eye (13.x.2001) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found on Ladys bedstraw by day - Ipswich, Suffolk (8.ix.2010) © Neil Sherman
Great Cornard (viii.2005) © Stuart Read
Resting on shed wall between showers - Great Cornard, Suffolk (ix.2005) © Stuart Read
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Eye, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener
Bawdsey, Suffolk (viii.2006) © Matthew Deans
Adult bred from caterpillar collected on 8.ix.2010 - Ipswich, Suffolk (14.x.2010) © Neil Sherman
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Ex ova laid on Ladys bedstraw 6-7-2014, adult emerged on 21-8-2014 - Matnitsa, Bulgaria (viii.2014) © Neil Sherman