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Humming-bird Hawk-moth
Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Macroglossinae
1984 / 69.010
Photo © Nicky Rowberry,  Malvern Link 11/09/22

Similar West Midlands Species: None
Forewing: 20-24mm.
Flight: April - December (mostly August - September)
Foodplant:   Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws, Wild Madder
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common / Immigrant
Former Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

A well-known migrant, found all over the region but in varying numbers from year to year.

Could turn up anywhere but often seen in gardens where it visits a variety of flowers.

Overwinters as an adult in places like unheated sheds, garages or in crevices in bark.

Recorded in 124 (89%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1853.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
16/11/2022136SO73 - Ledbury & Eastnor
14/11/2022140SJ22 - Oswestry/Llanymynech
30/10/2022140SJ41 - Shrewsbury/Preston Montford
18/10/2022139SJ82 - Eccleshall/Gnosall
17/10/2022+39SJ93 - Downs Banks/Stone
Further info: Macroglossum stellatarum
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