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1973 ~ Death's-head Hawk-moth ~ Acherontia atropos
UK Status

Migrant. Scattered records

Montgomeryshire Status

A rare visitor. Six records exist for the county prior to 1967. We then had a wait of more than 40 years for another, recorded in Llandysil in 2010 (see pics below).

Wingspan :  M & F, 102-135mm.

Confusion species

None.


Flight time (Montgomeryshire)

Habitat

Organic potato fields and occasionally allotments where potatoes are grown.

Foodplant

Potato leaves, deadly nightshade.

Lifestage data

Unable to overwinter in this country. Larva can occasionally be found. Pupates underground in a slight cocoon.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MC, 2nd Sept 2010, Llandysil

Photo by MC, 2nd Sept 2010, Llandysil

Photo by MC, 2nd Sept 2010, Llandysil

Photo by JJK, 30th Aug 2015, Pontrobert

Photo by JJK, 30th Aug 2015, Pontrobert