Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
Foodplant: Limes, elms, birches and Alder.
|Year first recorded||1905||1985||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||393||51||888|
|Number of individuals||437||64||1002|
For the region, we have a total of 888 records from 202 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to southern England, the larva feeding on birch (Betulae spp.), lime (Tiliae spp.), english elm (Ulmus procera) and alder (Alnus glutinosus). In Dorset, the moth is at low density and most frequent in plantations, town avenues and parks where lime (Tiliae platyphyllos x cordata) has been planted. The species has also been noted in small numbers within woodland containing small-leaved lime (Tiliae cordata). Larvae have yet to be found feeding on tree species other than lime within the county. Adults are occasionally recorded at light traps well away any known food sources and these are likely to be dispersed individuals. The following record refers to a potential second brood individual, and one of only three Lime Hawks to be trapped in twenty-five years of recording at Arne: Arne Wood, at MV on 18 August 1990 (B Pickess).