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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Scarce and local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Dec, (mostly Aug-Nov).

Forewing: 50-55mm.

Foodplant: Bindweeds and other Convolvulaceae.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded188619761886
Year last recorded201120062011
Number of records711251472
Number of individuals1426312914
Unique positions1028220
Unique locations788172
Adult records695251440
Immature records9018

For the region, we have a total of 1472 records from 172 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1886.


1972 Convolvulus Hawk-moth 08
© Julian Francis
1972 Convolvulus Hawk-moth 07
© Julian Francis
1972 Convolvulus Hawk-moth 06
© Paul Harris
1972 Convolvulus Hawk-moth 05
© Les Hill
1972 Convolvulus Hawk-moth 04 larva
© Martin Cade, 15 Oct 2009
1972 Convolvulus Hawk-moth 03
© Mike Hetherington, 17 Oct 2012
1972 Convolvulus Hawk-moth 02
© Tom Morris
1972 Convolvulus Hawk-moth 01
© Terry Box, 22 Sep 2006

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A strongly migratory species headquartered south of 40°N that ranges from a near annual in southern England, to uncommon in northern Scotland, the larva feeding on field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). The species does not appear to be able to survive the UK winter in any stage; hundreds of adults and some larvae were recorded in 2006 and yet relatively few were seen the following year. The adult is fond of nectaring at scented flowers from dusk onwards. In Dorset, the moth has been recorded at least once in each of the past twenty years and usually between mid-August and late-October. Very occasionally first brood adults make it to the UK between late-May and mid-July. Larvae are seldom encountered, and even in favourable years tend to be restricted to the coast. The attraction of scented blooms was amply demonstrated in mid-September 1991, when three light traps were placed in the vicinity of the 'Globe'at Durlston. A vase of freshly cut Nicotiana was placed next to one of these, and of the total of twenty-three adults recorded by daybreak, thirteen males and eight females were found within, on and around the 'Nicotiana' trap.

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