.....Now an extremely rare migrant to
Nottinghamshire, the Death's-head Hawk-moth was certainly
more regular a century or more ago. J.W. Carr in his book
'The Invertebrate Fauna of Nottinghamshire. Nottingham:
J.& H. Bell Ltd. (1916)' lists numerous records, many
of either larvae or pupae found during potato harvesting.
As harvesting is now done by mechanical methods, there
are fewer reports of this spectacular moth. The last
Nottinghamshire record of a genuine migrant Death's-head
Hawk-moth is of a female recorded by G. Shaw at East
Retford on 04/07/66 (per
Nottingham Natural History Museum) and most recently at Lound GP on 10/09/95,
when recorded by Gary and Paul Hobson.