Sphingidae: Macroglossinae

1987 (ABH69.014) Bedstraw Hawk-moth Hyles galii, (Rottemburg, 1775)


Whitley Bay
Whitley Bay
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Whitley Bay
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Whitley Bay
Whitley Bay
 Photo © Ian Fisher

General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 34-38mm.
Foodplant(s): bedstraws (Galium spp.), Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium), Wild Madder (Rubia peregrina), fuschias (Fuschia spp.)
Flying: One generation, May-August
UK Presence: Immigrant, Possible Resident
National status: Uncommon/Rare


Sunny, coastal situations.

Regional Information

Recorded in 6 (2.2%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2020

Recorded date range (Adult): 17 June to 20 August

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 Photo © Jeff Higgott
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ex female Llyn Peninsula 2008
ex female Llyn Peninsula 2008
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Reared. Photo 30-09-2020.
Reared. Photo 30-09-2020.
 Photo © Malcolm Hillier
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Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Green, yellow, black, white, red, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: