The Moths of Suffolk
1993 Silver-striped Hawk-moth, Hippotion celerio, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Immigrant

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : As an immigrant may appear almost anywhere

Flight Period : May be recorded from May to November, although most records occur August onwards

Larval foodplants : bedstraws, willowherbs, Grape-vine, fuschias, Virginia Creeper

Records : Nowton (R Eley, 1958), Dunwich Heath (C Moore & D Brougham, 15.x.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Suffolk has been favoured by this casual immigrant from southern and west-central Europe as often during the half-century from 1854 as, probably, any part of Britain: in all some fifteen examples are enumerated in September and October during those fifty years. Two specimens have been taken in Stowmarket; they fell into the possession of the late Mr. Peck (Nat. 1857, 275; Stn. Manual, 96). Several times at Beccles (Bloomfield): one at light in a Beccles chemist's shop on 15 October 1860 (Winter in Ent. Wk. Intell. ix, 26). larvae were found, feeding on the vine, at Newmarket in 1865 (Bloomfield's Adds.); also at Orford that year, at Ipswich in 1867, and Woodbridge in October 1878. One at Felixstow on 14 September (Ml, Ent. 1885, 262); one at Honington on 19 September by Hind (Ent. 1886, 42); and two at Aldeburgh during October (Cooper, I.e. 15), all in 1885. Finally another was found at rest at the base of a Nicotiana affinis plant in Mr. J. G. Franklin's Saxmundham garden on 15-16 October 1903 (Carter, 1.c. 1904, 44).

Wingspan details : Forewing 33-35mm, Wingspan 72-80mm


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

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Caught by C. Manley - Trigon, Dorset (16.x.2006) © Matthew Deans

Flight chart

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Caught by C. Moore & D. Brougham - second site record - Dunwich Heath, Suffolk (4.x.2010) © Matthew Deans