Rare Death’s-head hawkmoth in Scotland

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Death's head Hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos) Morayshire Scotland
Death’s head Hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos) Morayshire Scotland

Anita Smith had a rare but very welcome visitor to her garden in Morayshire, Scotland.

This magnificent Death’s-head Hawkmoth was first seen in her neighbours garden and then photographed on a trellis in Anita’s.

This long distance flyer is the largest moth likely to be seen in the British Isles. Although most records are from the southern half of the UK it has been recorded as far north as the Shetlands.

Other resident and migrant Hawkmoths can be seen in the species and gallery pages.

Hawkmoth caterpillars can be seen in the caterpillar galleries.

Thanks to Anita for a fabulous record – very envious!

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