69.005 .... B&F 1973
Death's-head Hawk-moth Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Status .....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.
Captive-bred adult photographed May 2018
Captive-bred adult photographed April 2018
Early stages                            
Ova/egg. Photographed July 2022.
1st instar larva. Photographed July 2022.
2nd instar larva. Photographed July 2022.
3rd instar larva. Photographed July 2022.
4th instar larva, still with green colouration. Yellow colouration is can appear anytime after 3rd instar. Photographed July 2022.
4th instar larva (normal colour form). Photographed July 2022.
5th instar larva (brown form). Photographed July 2022.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Death's-head Hawk-moth
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Nottingham Natural History Museum. Lound Moth Group.

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Updated April 2018

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