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 7 (4%) of 200 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1867. Last Recorded in 1977. Additional Stats