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


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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