Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Oleander Hawk-moth
Daphnis nerii

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1985 / 69.011
Photo © Malcolm Hillier,  ex ova 8/18

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Yorkshire Status: Very rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A rare migrant with only two recent records. Previous records are of several specimens in vice-counties 61-63 (YNU, 1970; Porritt, 1883-86).

2012 (CHF): The only recent record of this spectacular migrant was of one recently emerged from its pupa in Sheffield on 19.6.2009. The origins of this remain a mystery but it is unlikely to have been a primary migrant. The proximity to the Death's-head Hawk-moths in Sheffield Botanic Gardens in 2010 raises suspicion that someone in the area might be breeding and releasing hawk-moths. NB - this record has been re-examined and is in fact just over the border into VC57 so we cannot claim this as a Yorkshire record. The last Yorkshire record is 1977.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 8 (4%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1867.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 48-51mm
Flight: August - October.
Foodplant:   Oleander and Lesser Periwinkle
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/10/2023165SD78 - Whernside
23/09/1977162NZ51 - Middlesbrough
08/10/1969164SE13 - Bradford
27/10/1953161TA16 - Bridlington
August 1950+62TA08 - Scarborough
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