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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Aug-Sep, (May-Oct).

Forewing: 33-35mm.

Foodplant: Bedstraws, Willowherb.

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 recorded19901990
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records1224
Number of individuals1224
Unique positions1020
Unique locations816
Adult records1224
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 24 records from 16 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1990.


1993 Silver-striped Hawk-moth 03 with Striped Hawk (right)
© Martin Cade, 8 Aug 2010
1993 Silver-striped Hawk-moth 02
© Martin Cade, 29 Sep 2010
1993 Silver-striped Hawk-moth 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A strongly migratory species headquartered south of 30°N and a rare visitor to Britain, the larva feeding on grape-vine (Vitis vinifera), fuschia, willowherb (Epilobium spp.), bedstraw (Galium spp.) and virginia creeper (Parthenocissus spp.). No larvae have been found in the wild in the UK. The adult is fond of nectaring at scented flowers from dusk onwards. In Dorset, the moth has been recorded twenty times, with roughly half of these in the past twenty years and usually during the autumn, mainly coincident with southerly airflows from Iberia and north-west Africa.

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