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Death's-head Hawk-moth
Acherontia atropos

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1973 / 69.005
Photo © Jill Warwick, 8 Sep 2010,  SE3170 Ripon

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Yorkshire Status: Rare and local migrant/wanderer.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: An occasional immigrant, recorded from all five vice-counties (map 2 MBGBI 9).

2012 (CHF): This spectacular migrant still turns up occasionally, the most recent records being 2000 (Filey), 2005 (Easington), 2008 (Wilton and Marske) and 2010 (Ripon). There have been no reports of larvae recently. In 2008, six were found inside glass houses in Sheffield Botanic Gardens. Their origin remains a mystery!

Recorded in 58 (29%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1865.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

< Convolvulus Hawk-moth  |  Five-spotted Hawk-moth >
Forewing: 52-60mm.
Flight: August - October (possibly May-Nov)
Foodplant:   Potato, Deadly Nightshade
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/09/2023163SK29 - Stocksbridge
18/08/2022165SE37 - Ripon
18/06/2022162TA08 - Scarborough
24/08/2021161TA31 - Skeffling / Easington
10/10/2020163SE40 - Goldthorpe
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