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1973 Death's-head Hawk-moth, Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758)

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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)

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Pevensey Bay , 04 x 2016 Photo: Maggie Prangnell

Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758)

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