Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Migrant
Local Status: Very rare and very local migrant/wanderer.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: -
|Year first recorded||1926||1950||1867||1969|
|Year last recorded||1953||1977||2009||1969|
|Number of records||2||2||3||1|
|Number of individuals||2||1||1||1|
For the county, we have a total of 8 records from 7 sites. First recorded in 1867.
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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 suspician 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.