Main: (Sphingidae / Sphinginae)
69.005 [B&F: 1973] Death's-head Hawk-moth (Acherontia atropos) (Linnaeus, 1758)


Rare immigrant from southern Europe, appearing in southern and eastern England, in some years arriving in sufficient numbers to breed in very small numbers. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight much less common than Convolvulus Hawk-moth, although the larvae are reported more often. Wingspan 102-135 mm. Unmistakable. Larva feeds on Deadly Nightshade, Woody Nightshade and Potato, causing sufficient damage to be a serious pest in some areas, unable to over-winter in significant numbers.

Flightime guide

Records Received By Year

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Phenology - Adult Records

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Phenology - Larval Records

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Distribution Map

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Record Density

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Detail records

VC10 Isle of Wight
Ventnor (SZ57)1849-Emmet, AMAdult
Freshwater (SZ38)09-Aug-1959-Knill-Jones, SAAdult
Carisbrooke (SZ48)17-Oct-2001oneHolbrook, AAdult
Ryde (SZ59)01-Jul-2004one-Adult
West Cowes (SZ49)07-Jul-2004oneLong, GAdult
Nettlestone (SZ69)01-Sep-2004one-Adult
Bembridge (SZ68)25-Aug-2006oneHicks, KGAdult
Bonchurch (SZ57)27-Aug-2010oneHalsey, JAdult
Yarmouth (SZ38)01-Sep-2012oneButler, ALarval
Thorley Common (SZ38)14-Oct-2013oneButler, ALarval
Ningwood Manor (SZ48)12-Aug-2015onePitcher, LLarval
Freshwater (SZ38)11-Aug-2016onePlummer, SLarval
Freshwater (SZ38)11-Aug-2016oneOvendon, BLarval
Ryde (SZ59)22-Aug-2017oneMareck, VLarval
VC11 South Hampshire
Hill Head (SU50)25-Sep-1962oneSuffern, CLarval
Kimbridge (SU32)29-Sep-1970one-Pupal
Bridgemary (SU50)03-Oct-1976oneDickson, RJAdult
King's Somborne (SU33)01-Aug-1991oneNorriss, TJ; Orchard, PLarval
Lymington (SZ39)14-Sep-1992onePickles, AJAdult
Broad Chalke Down, Winchester (SU42)01-Oct-2000oneRiley, DAdult
Whiteley (SU50)02-Sep-2003twoBudd, PAPupal
Portchester (SU60)19-Sep-2003oneStokes, JAdult
Millbrook (SU31)06-Jul-2004oneStuart, HAdult
Upper Kingston (SU10)05-Sep-2004oneBrown, Mr & Mrs RLarval
Bishopstoke (SU41)19-Sep-2004oneShort, CLarval
Ringwood (SU10)01-Oct-2004sixCurson, SLarval
Southbourne, Bournemouth (SZ19)15-Sep-2008one0Adult
Lymington (SZ39)07-Sep-2011oneWard, ZAdult
Southsea (SZ69)24-Sep-2011oneThomas, D; Venables, SAdult
Fareham (SU50)01-Oct-2013oneDickson, RJAdult
Lepe (SZ49)21-Sep-2014oneElvins, FLarval
Christchurch (SZ19)25-Oct-2014-Clarke, SAdult
Netley (SU40)12-Aug-2015oneJones, JELarval
Netley (SU40)12-Aug-2015one-Larval
Emsworth (SU70)12-Nov-2015one-Larval
Havant (SU70)06-Jul-2017one-Adult
Hedge End (SU51)18-Aug-2017oneBailey, SLLarval
Portsmouth (SU60)08-Sep-2018oneThirlwell, IRAdult
VC12 North Hampshire
Leckford (SU33)1933-Sterling, DH-
Selborne (SU73)22-Aug-1994oneAston, AAdult
Chattis Hill (SU33)01-Oct-1996oneNorth, HGLarval
Bishopstoke (SU41)23-Sep-2004oneHutchins, PEAdult
Lord Wandsworth College (SU74)25-Oct-2006oneBaines, TAdult
Northwood (SU43)30-Sep-2007oneBell, RAAdult
Leckford (SU33)28-May-2011oneWallingtonAdult
Farnborough (SU85)25-Oct-2013oneThomas, MAdult
Yateley (SU86)21-Aug-2016oneGravener, KMAdult

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