Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug, a few through Sep.
Foodplant: Poplars, Aspen, sallows and willows.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1975||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||4197||2||481||9360|
|Number of individuals||8296||5||981||18564|
For the region, we have a total of 9360 records from 570 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout the British Isles, the larva feeding on sallow and willow (Salix spp.), and poplar (Populus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is widespread across the county and frequent. It shares the Eyed Hawk's1980 preference for damp habitats, but is recorded four times more often on average. The moth is on the wing between late April and early September, and appears to be double brooded with two distinct peaks, however, the national norm is for a single brood between May and July. The following Poplar Hawks were recorded at light traps on rather late dates at the end of warmer than usual summers: Iwerne Minster, on 22 September 1964 (H Moore), Puddletown, on 19 September 2002 (H Wood Homer), Hurn, on 26 September 2006 (M Jeffes).