Sphingidae : Smerinthinae
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Eyed Hawk-moth
Smerinthus ocellata
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Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1981 / 69.003

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... Read More

Recorded in 39 (98%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 30-46mm
Flight: May - July, August - September
Foodplant:   Poplars, Aspen, sallows and willows
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
24/08/201919SY79 Puddletown
23/08/201919SY79 Puddletown
20/08/201919ST61 Sherborne
19/08/201939SY79 Puddletown
18/08/201919SY39 Lyme Regis

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