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Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758)

Death's-head Hawk-moth
69.0050 (B&F: 1973)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Bombycoidea
    »Family: Sphingidae
      »Subfamily: Sphinginae
        »Tribe: Acherontiini

An immigrant species occurring singly at mv light or at rest near the coast with larvae occasionally being fairly common in potato fields. On average moths are detected in two out of every three years and caterpillars one in three. This species normally arrives between early August and late October but is sometimes preceded by an early influx during June. Larvae normally feed on potato, but tomato, deadly nightshade, woody nightshade and jasmine have also served in the wild. (Pratt, 2011)

Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pevensey Bay , 04 x 2016
Photo: Maggie Prangnell
Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758)
Arundel, 25 x 2013
Photo: David Sneller
Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758)
Warnham LNR, 25 x 2003
Photo: Sam Bayley
Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pevensey Marshes, 14 ix 2016
Photo: Colin Brinkhurst

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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