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Death's-head Hawk-moth
Acherontia atropos

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1973 / 69.005

This well-known species is a rare migrant to the region.

Before mechanisation, the larvae used to be found regularly in potato fields.

Verification Grade Comment: Photo required because of rarity

Recorded in 53 (38%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
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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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
29/08/20221VC40 - ShropshireSJ41 -
23/09/20211VC37 - WorcestershireSO76
29/08/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSP04 -
01/07/20191VC40 - ShropshireSJ33
01/07/20171VC40 - ShropshireSJ72

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