69.015 (1990) Striped Hawk-moth Hyles livornica (Esper, 1779)

Status
Immigrant. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
J. G. Gordon netted one hovering over Rhododendron in his garden at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire, at dusk on 18th June 1906, as recorded by his brother, R. S. Gordon (1913).
 
On 10th June 1947 a fine female was netted by F. W. Smith, again at Rhododendron, at Southwick (VC73).
 
Another was found nectaring at rhododendron on 9th June 2007 at Barnshalloch for about three minutes at 07:30 before flying off.
 
Life cycle
This resident of the coastal Mediterranean appears in Britain in small numbers most years but is prone to larger influxes. It is unable to survive our winter.
 
Larval foodplants
Willowherbs and Hedge Bedstraw.
 
Identification
The highlighted veins on the forewing appear as white stripes and together with white stripes on the thorax give it a diagnostic look.
 
Habitat
Open coastal areas, gardens and woodland.
 
Recorders' notes
Although our three records were in early June the main influx period for the UK is given. Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
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