The Moths of Suffolk
1987 Bedstraw Hawk-moth, Hyles gallii, (Rottemburg, 1775)

National Status : Immigrant; transitory resident

Local Status : Immigrant, recent colonist (SMP Status 3)

Habitats : Open cleared heathland areas amongst conifer plantations where foodplant grows

Flight Period : As an immigrant has been recorded from May to early September. Appears to be single-brooded in this county.

Larval foodplants : Rosebay Willowherb, bedstraws, madders and fuschias

Morley's Final Catalogue : Immigrants from the Continent occasionally establish themselves. among the Galium of our coast as in 1888, in addition to our Breck-sands as in 1859; but are now almost unobserved in the County for a half-century. A male on lawn of Stricklands in Stowmarket on 2 September 1857, and a female on gravel walk of garden a quarter-mile away two days later. Previously known in Suffolk only at Felixstow, where the larva was found by Professor Henslow some years ago' (B, who kept both specimens Ent. Wk. Intel. ii, 1857, 187-8; Nat. vii, 275). Plentiful at Higham, Barton Mills, Newmarket, &c. [doubtless then all open Breck] up to 1859 (T. & J. Brown). One in a Suffolk Bungay garden on 5 July 1859 (Garneys, Ent. Wk. Int. i, 131) ; and one at Gillingham, over the Waveney, during the following month (l.c., 187). Ipswich and Glemham Magna in 1870; five at Aldeburgh (Hele 1870, 185). Rendham and Aldeburgh during 1888, in which year the larvae were 'very abundant ' at the latter town, and also occurred at both Tuddenham and Newmarket. One female at light in Lowestoft on 25 July 1935 (Trans, iii, 86).

Wingspan details : Forewing 34-38mm, Wingspan 64-78mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSpurge Hawk-moth, Hyles euphorbiae
Striped Hawk-moth, Hyles livornica

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich Golf Course (22.vii.2001) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman
Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman
Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman
 
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Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman
Kent (13.vii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Suffolk coast (22.vi.2005) © M Deans
 
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Found on Ladies bedstraw - Suffolk (19.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ex larva found in 2012 - Suffolk (vi.2013) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (30.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Dunwich, Suffolk (30.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener