The Moths of Suffolk
1990 Striped Hawk-moth, Hyles livornica, (Esper, 1779)

National Status : Immigrant

Local Status : Immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Warm sunny open habitats, along coast and in gardens

Flight Period : May be recorded between April and October, with peaks in May to early June and August

Larval foodplants : Various but mainly willowherbs, including Rosebay Willowherb, or Hedge Bedstraw. Also snapdragons, fuschias, buckwheats, sorrels and docks

Records : Ipswich (Mrs Beaufoy, 1949), Bawdsey (S Beaufoy, 1965; M Deans, 19.viii.2006), Aldeburgh (SMG, 2003), Mendlesham (S Woolnough, 25.vi.2004), Landguard (NO & MM, 2004), Worlington (T Jacobson, 17.vi.2006), Kessingland (vii.2006), Minsmere (R Harvey, 17.v.2006) and Worlington (T Jakobsen, 17.vi.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not supposed to reside permanently in Britain, but to here migrate from southern and west-central Europe: which goes to account for the half-century's hiatus between our two earlier records. 'One specimen taken by Mr. Garness, Jun., at Thetford' (B, Nat.. 1857, 275); a specimen taken at Felixstow on 1 September 1904 by G. R. Hope, Havering Grange, Romford (EMM. 1904, 256). The great influx of 1931 seems to have flown across Suffolk without pausing: one dead and quite fresh male at Gorleston on 28 May (D) and a possible second at Waldringfield on 3 June (Wlr ) alone were noted (Trans. i, 230).

Wingspan details : Forewing 33-42mm, Wingspan 78-90mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSpurge Hawk-moth, Hyles euphorbiae
Bedstraw Hawk-moth, Hyles gallii
Silver-striped Hawk-moth, Hippotion celerio

Compare confusion species
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Aldeburgh (28.vi.2003) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Essex (3.ix.2002) © L Gregory
Dungeness, Kent (26.v.2005) © M Deans
Bawdsey, Suffolk (19.viii.2006) © Matthew Deans
 
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Bawdsey, Suffolk (28.v.2009) © Matthew Deans
Bawdsey, Suffolk (26.v.2009) © Matthew Deans
Bawdsey, Suffolk (31.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Found at rest by day - Goksu delta, Turkey (11.v.2012) © Neil Sherman