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Kent Moth Group


Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Macroglossum stellatarum

Family: Sphingidae

RES: 69.01 B&F: 1984

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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.

Flight Season: All year, but mainly May to October

© Dave Shenton

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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External Links

More information about Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) can be seen on the external pages listed below: