The Moths of Suffolk
1986 Spurge Hawk-moth, Hyles euphorbiae, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Immigrant

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Reported from open sunny situations on the continent, coastal sand-dunes and field margins

Flight Period : Recorded in Britain from May to October

Larval foodplants : Perennial herbaceous spurges

Records : Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, vi.2003, 24.vi.2006, 27.vi.2006), Rendham (M Deans, 16.viii.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Usually on coast-sandhills, mainly in south-west England. With us it is "very rare. Bred from a larva taken near Landguard Fort about 1865 ; the food-plant, Euphorbia paralias, was then abundant there but is now lost (Mr. Garrett Garrett of Ipswich). Mr Higgins recorded several larvae as taken near Harwich, perhaps the same spot (Ent. 1872, p. 46)." - Bloomfield, 1890. Nothing has later been added to our knowledge.

Wingspan details : Forewing 28-31mm, Wingspan 64-77mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBedstraw Hawk-moth, Hyles gallii

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France (7.vi.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Caught by D Beck - Kent (7.viii.2004) © M Deans
Kent (7.viii.2004) © L Gregory
Las Descargues, France (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman
 
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Found by day on Euphorbia - Bulgaria (ix.2010) © Neil Sherman
Mallorca, Spain (14.x.2010) © Brian Buffery
Rendham, Suffolk (16.viii.2006) © Matthew Deans
 
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Madjarovo, Bulgaria (19.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman
Madjarovo, Bulgaria (19.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman
Close-up of head - Madjarovo, Bulgaria (19.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman