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Agrius convolvuli (Linnaeus, 1758)

Convolvulus Hawk-moth
69.0040 (B&F: 1972)

»Suborder: Glossata
 »Superfamily: Bombycoidea
  »Family: Sphingidae
   »Subfamily: Sphinginae
    »Tribe: Acherontiini

Status and ecology:

An immigrant species usually occurring at rest or tungsten light, and seen sparingly or fairly commonly feeding from tobacco plants or at mv light along the coast. Virtually annual in appearance since 1970 mainly appearing between mid-August and late October but sometimes seen from the second week of June. The larvae feed on field bindweed. (Pratt, 2011)

Bob Foreman: 17-08-2011

The larvae will also feed on other convolvulaceae including morning glory, Ipomoea violacea, growing in gardens.

Bob Foreman: 16-08-2011

No reports in Sussex as of mid August '11 though there were plenty last year. This species can be frequent during warmer summers such as 2003 or 2006.

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Seaford, 22 ix 2016 Photo: Bob Eade

Agrius convolvuli (Linnaeus, 1758)


Distribution map for Agrius convolvuli

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