Bedstraw Hawk-moth - Hyles gallii

Description

Wingspan 60-80 mm. A dark olive green hawk-moth, distinguished from the Striped Hawk-moth by the lack of white strips highlighting the veins across the forewing, and along the top of the thorax.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

An immigrant species, normally found at coastal localities, attracted to light, but does turn up inland.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History

The attractive caterpillars are dark green or brownish with bright yellow spots. In some years there are reasonable influxes, and subsequently larvae can be found in some areas, feeding on bedstraw and willowherb.

UK Status

Widespread but uncommon immigrant species. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as a migrant.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

Reference
69.014 BF1987

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