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Death's-head Hawk-moth
Acherontia atropos

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1973 / 69.005

Morley's Final Catalogue: Another periodical and sometimes frequent Hawk, whose potato-feeding larvae are as often seen as imagines. Found almost annually at Stowmarket around 1856 (Nat. vii, 276); two occurred at Woolverstone in 1858 (Ent. Wk. Int. v, 30); one at Hollesley (Hkg) and two at Ipswich (Ager) in 1898; very plentiful at Aldeburgh in 1885 (Ent. 1886, p.15); one at Bramfield and several about Ipswich in 1894-6 (Pyett, Platten); one at Woodbridge in 1910 (Rope); one at Needham in 1922 (Platten); one at Bradwell in 1928 (Mr). For the great influx of 1933 cf. Trans. ii, 183; it then occurred also at Copdock on 25 October, Hemley and in Beccles.

Recent status: A very rare immigrant with recent records from Dunwich Heath on 2005 and 31.10.2014, Westleton 12.09.2015 (C. Ireland) on and Bawdsey Hall on 19.10.2017 (M.J. Deans).

Identification: Unmistakable.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 21 (36%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1856.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/10/2020126TL75 - Wickhambrook
17/09/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
14/09/2019125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
10/08/2019126TM03 - East Bergholt
19/10/2017125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
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Forewing: 52-60mm.
Flight: Aug-Oct. (pos May-Nov)
Foodplant:   Potato, Deadly Nightshade
Nat Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2021. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021
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