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Death's-head Hawk-moth
Acherontia atropos

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1973 / 69.005

Davey, P., 2009: A strongly migratory species with a similar distribution to that of the Convolvulus Hawk1972 that ranges from an occasional in southern England to a relative rarity in northern Scotland, the larva feeds on the leaves of potato (Solanum tuberosum). The species does not appear to be able to survive the UK winter in any stage. In Dorset, the moth is rare, and has been recorded on twenty occasions in the past twenty years, mainly as adults. Historically, observations of larvae and... Read More

Recorded in 13 (33%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 52-60mm.
Flight: August - October (possibly May-Nov)
Foodplant:   Potato, Deadly Nightshade
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
13/10/201919SY66 Portland Bill
26/08/201719SZ07 Swanage
24/09/201619SY67 - Portland / Weymouth
10/09/201619SY66 Portland Bill
10/09/201619SY66 Portland Bill

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