Sphingidae: Macroglossinae

1984 (ABH69.010) Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum, (Linnaeus, 1758)

KR06843

ex Larva, Christophstal, August 2013
ex Larva, Christophstal, August 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
ex Larva, Christophstal, August 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
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Christophstal, August 2013
Christophstal, August 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Christophstal, July 2013
Christophstal, July 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
ex Larva, Christophstal, August 2013
ex Larva, Christophstal, August 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Christophstal, July 2013
Christophstal, July 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Christophstal, July 2013
Christophstal, July 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Christophstal, July 2013
Christophstal, July 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell

General Information

The dark brown adults of this species have bright orange hindwings. They closely resemble a hummingbird in flight and when hovering at a flower. Unlike most hawk-moths, this is a day-flying species and is usually seen visiting flowers in sunshine.

 

Pupates close to the ground in leaf litter or in the leaves of the food plant.

Overwinters as an adult.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 20-24mm.
Foodplant(s): bedstraws (Galium spp.), Wild Madder (Rubia peregrina)
Flying: One generation, April-December (mostly August-September)
UK Presence: Immigrant, Possible Resident
National status: Not endangered

Habitat

Anywhere.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in .

Similar Species
On Field Scabious, Christophstal, September 2012
On Field Scabious, Christophstal, September 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Colours:
Green, brown, white, yellow, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5