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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Very rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

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Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1926195018671969
Year last recorded1953197720091969
Number of records2231
Number of individuals2111
Unique positions2231
Unique locations2221
Adult records2231
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 8 records from 7 sites. First recorded in 1867.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A rare migrant with only two recent records. Previous records are of several specimens in vice-counties 61-63 (YNU, 1970; Porritt, 1883-86).

2012 (CHF): The only recent record of this spectacular migrant was of one recently emerged from its pupa in Sheffield on 19.6.2009. The origins of this remain a mystery but it is unlikely to have been a primary migrant. The proximity to the Death's-head Hawk-moths in Sheffield Botanic Gardens in 2010 raises suspicion that someone in the area might be breeding and releasing hawk-moths. NB - this record has been re-examined and is in fact just over the border into VC57 so we cannot claim this as a Yorkshire record. The last Yorkshire record is 1977.

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