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Moth   Bedstraw Hawk-moth

Bedstraw Hawk-moth - Photo  Copyright 2007 Nigel Harland
Photo: Nigel Harland

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Latin name:
Hyles gallii

Size: Wingspan approximately 70mm.

Distribution: Found in many parts of the U.K. More frequently in southern and central parts of England.

Months seen: May to September.

Habitat: Gardens, meadows, roadside verges.

Food: Nectar. As the name suggests the caterpillars feed on bedstraws.

Special features: The bedstraw hawk-moth is an immigrant species. It is similar to the Spurge Hawk-moth, but the Bedstraw Hawk-moth has a bolder brown line along the leading edges of the wings and no pink markings on the trailing edges of the wings.

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