Sphingidae : Smerinthinae
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Photo © Chris Hilling,  Millhoppers Reserve, Hertfordshire (30/05/21)

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Eyed Hawk-moth
Smerinthus ocellata
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Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1981 / 69.003

General comments:
Widespread and perhaps ubiquitous. No evidence of any alteration in status over the years.
Skinner (1984; 1998) suggests that this species is usually single-brooded with occasional autumn generations; this is not the case in Hertfordshire, where a second generation has been the norm from 2000 to 2006 and is usually larger (in terms of moth numbers). The chart confuses the matter by combining years; if individual year records were to be plotted there would be a gap of about two weeks between the two peaks. A female was watched for about ten minutes, between 14.50 and 15.00 hours, by Andrew Middleton, egg-laying during daylight at Broxbourne Wood, on 2 August 2002. The moth was watched fluttering around the tip of a birch tree, approximately 20 feet tall, periodically stopping to lay eggs.

Recorded in 37 (90%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/06/2024121TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
22/06/2024320TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
21/06/2024220TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
29/05/2024321TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
25/05/2024121TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
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Forewing: 30-46mm.
Flight: Two Generations. May-Jul. Aug-Sep.
Foodplant:   Poplars, Aspen, sallows and willows
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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