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Summary Data

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.

Forewing: 23-39mm.

Foodplant: Limes, elms, birches and Alder.

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 recorded190519851905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records39351888
Number of individuals437641002
Unique positions10311228
Unique locations9011202
Adult records37750854
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 888 records from 202 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1979 Lime Hawk-moth 10
© Julian Francis
1979 Lime Hawk-moth 09
© Julian Francis
1979 Lime Hawk-moth 08
© Julian Francis
1979 Lime Hawk-moth 07 brown form
© Martin Raper
1979 Lime Hawk-moth 06
© Mike Hetherington, 19 May 2017
1979 Lime Hawk-moth 05
© Martin Raper
1979 Lime Hawk-moth 04
© Will Bown
1979 Lime Hawk-moth 03 larva
© Jack Oughton
1979 Lime Hawk-moth 02
© Dave Foot
1979 Lime Hawk-moth 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

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).

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