Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Photo © John Edmund Chainey,  Baldock, Hertfordshire (12/08/12) - Reared from larva found

Immature stages

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Spurge Hawk-moth
Hyles euphorbiae
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Bedstraw Hawk-moth
Hyles gallii

(Rottemburg, 1775) 1987 / 69.014

General comments:
Extremely infrequent immigrant.

Hertfordshire Notes:
All known Hertfordshire records are listed: Cheshunt, 1859 - 'my nephew W. Boyd, within the first fortnight of this month -. and he did get D. galii into his net, but in his eagerness to secure it safely, it escaped' (Gaviller Entomologist's Weekly Intelligencer : 3); Cheshunt Street, 12th August Boyd (1901) who, curiously, does not list his own earlier record given by Gaviller; Hitchin, one in 1888 (Gatward). In his 1916 paper on the Lepidoptera of North Hertfordshire, foster gives this as 'about the year 1880'; Listed by Bowyer (1888) for the Haileybury College area 'once', for an unspecified date prior to 1888; One was taken at the Walkern searchlight by Brian Waldock, on 28 July 1943, and was 'eagerly swapped by Rev. Greenham for a Convolvulus' (J. Birdsall); Danefield Road, Pirton, 23rd July 1997 (Dug Heath) and Quickswood, 15th July 2003 (Dug Heath). Additional records: Baldock 18 July 2011 (Terry Brown), Cuffley 11 August 2020 (Alan Bolitho)

Middlesex Notes:
Rare immigrant. Nineteenth century records were collated by Plant (1986) and are from Stamford Hill, 1870; Edmonton, larva on Galium verum in 1888; Upper Holloway, July 1888; Clapton, 12th August 1890 and Victoria Park, Hackney, prior to 1898.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 11 (27%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1811.
Last Recorded in 2022.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/08/2022120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
09/07/2021120TL11 - Harpenden / Wheathampstead
08/07/2021120TL11 - Harpenden / Wheathampstead
12/07/2014120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
12/08/2012220TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
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Forewing: 34-38mm.
Flight: May-August.
Foodplant:   Bedstraws, Rosebay Willowherb, madders, fuschias
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Nationally Rare / Immigrant
Former Status: Immigrant (Resident)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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