Sphingidae : Smerinthinae
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Eyed Hawk-moth
Smerinthus ocellata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1980 / 69.002
=Smerinthus ocellatus

General comments:

Although widespread, the Eyed Hawk-moth seems to prefer damp areas, perhaps because it favours sallows and willows as larval foodplants. This renders it more locally distributed than other hawk-moth species. Adults appear to fly late at night and often do not attend light traps until after midnight, so that traps taken in too early will often not record it.

Hertfordshire Notes:
An unusually early moth on 17th March 2000 was in my own garden light trap in Bishops Stortford. In the years since 2000, there is some evidence of a small second generation of adults in August/September.

Middlesex Notes:
The absence of map dots in the extreme south-east (Cities of Westminster and London) might reflect reality, though rather little survey has been done here.

Recorded in 36 (88%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/09/2023120TL22 - Stevenage
13/07/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
10/07/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
30/06/2023220TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
28/06/2023121TQ29 - Barnet / Finchley
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VC20 VC21 VC21 VC20
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Forewing: 36-44mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Willows and sallows Apple, Crab Apple
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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