Convolvulus Hawk-moth - Agrius convolvuli

    Description

    Wingspan 80-120 mm. A large species, with a wingspan of over 10cm. It has largely grey wings, with a pinkish banded body.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It turns up in light traps and feeding at garden flowers, especially those of the Tobacco Plant.

    When to see it

    It most often occurs in late summer and autumn, usually with influxes of other migrant species.

    Life History

    This is a migrant in Britain, appearing sometimes in fairly good numbers. Although larvae are sometimes found in Britain, usually on bindweed, it does not regularly breed. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as a Migrant.

    UK Status

    Found throughout Britain, especially in England and Wales. Numbers vary between migration years. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as a migrant.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

    Reference
    69.004 BF1972

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map