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Kent Moth Group


Eyed Hawk-moth

Smerinthus ocellata

Family: Sphingidae

RES: 69.002 B&F: 1980

Verification Grade (Adult):

Widespread but not as abundant as the other Hawk-moths likely to be encountered in Kent. This species can be found across the county, but is more concentrated at coastal locations (especially Dungeness). An unmistakable species.

Flight Season: Flies between May and August

Foodplant: Mostly feeds on Willows and Sallows but has been noted on other plants

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Eyed Hawk-moth (Smerinthus ocellata) 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 Eyed Hawk-moth (Smerinthus ocellata) 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 Eyed Hawk-moth (Smerinthus ocellata) 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 Eyed Hawk-moth (Smerinthus ocellata) 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 Eyed Hawk-moth (Smerinthus ocellata) can be seen on the external pages listed below: