Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Macroglossum stellatarum


Species Codes

B&F 1984 RES 69.01

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Species Account

By far the most common migrant Hawk-moth in the UK, this species has been recorded across Kent with an obvious increase in records from the coast. This species has been recorded in just about every month of the year, but the peak arises from late May and wanes in late October. Regularly seen by non-mothers, this species cannot really be confused with any other British moth. Although not often seen at rest, when found like this it can confuse the uninitiated.

Record Verification

Grade 1 adults are generally distinctive and unlikely to be confused with other species, but records outside documented range or flight period may require photos.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) in the Kent database. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Use the control below to filter by time span:


The graph below shows at which time of the year Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records of Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email Click on a photo if you would like to see it larger.

External Links

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