Sphingidae : Smerinthinae
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Eyed Hawk-moth
Smerinthus ocellata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1980 / 69.002
=Smerinthus ocellatus

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring in England and Wales, the larva feeding on sallow and willow (Salix spp.), apple (Malus spp.) and aspen (Populus tremula). In Dorset, the moth is widespread across the county but at low density. It is most often seen in damp habitats where Salix abounds, on the edges of lagoons, marshes and rivers, and also on damp heathland where there are large stocks of sallow. The moth has also been noted close to orchards with apple trees, for example at Holnest. The... Read More

Recorded in 38 (95%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 36-44mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Willows and sallows, apple
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
06/08/201919SY98 Wareham
27/07/201919SY78 Broadmayne
26/07/201919SY78 Broadmayne
25/07/201919SY98 Wareham
21/07/201919SY79 Puddletown

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