Main: (Sphingidae / Macroglossinae)
69.012 [B&F: 1984a] Willowherb Hawk-moth (Proserpinus proserpina) (Pallas, 1772)

 

Notes: Very rare immigrant (less than 10 previous UK records) from southern Europe, appearing in southern England. First recorded in Britain in East Sussex in May 1985, with a second in London in July 1995. Not recorded in Hampshire or on the Isle of Wight to date. Wingspan 48-54 mm. Unmistakable: the orange-yellow hindwing precludes confusion with Lime Hawk-moth Mimas tiliae. Larva feeds on Rosebay Willowherb, Broad-leaved Willowherb, Great Willowherb, Hoary Willowherb, Common Evening-primrose and Purple Loosestrife, no evidence of breeding in the UK.

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