Elephant Hawk Moth

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Acherontia atropos Death's-head Hawk-moth

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93 records (99+ individuals)
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Date Site OS Grid Ref Stage Quantity Comment
07 Sep 2008 Wallasey SJ3191 Adult 1 grid reference provided SJ319912 Glenburn Road, found dead in garden and handed to Guy Knight for identification.
2006 Wirral SJ28 Adult 1 photo in annual report
01 Jun 2005 Birkenhead SJ3289 Adult 1 Pacific Road Arts Centre, photo in annual report
26 Aug 2004 Offerton SJ9189 Adult 1 recorder CH. found dead. Dialstone Centre.
19 Aug 1999 Higher Runcorn SJ5182 Adult 1 caught by Pat & Ron Houghton in their Norman Road garden at SJ5181 or 5182
29 Sep 1992 Moreton SJ2590 Dead 1 found dead on Upton Road by Mrs Copland, no grid reference provided
11 Jul 1990 Whaley Bridge SK0181 Adult 1 SK0181
09 Aug 1986 Marple SJ9587 Adult 1 SJ958876, found on the pavement, Hibbert Lane
16 Oct 1983 Hoylake Langfields SJ2288 Adult 1 SJ227886
06 Oct 1969 Upton, Birkenhead SJ2788 Adult 1 K R Tinsley, details via MH, grid reference unknown, Creaser (1974)
1963 Thurstaston SJ2484 Adult 1 Dawpool Cottages, SJ242848, details from N F Ellison, Creaser (1966)
1961 Runcorn SJ5082 Not recorded 1+ BRC Ref: V05_15030, grid reference SJ58
1956 Stanlow SJ4475 Adult 1 Shell Oil refinery, grid reference unknown, specimen(s) in the Grosvenor Museum.
1956 Hazel Grove SJ9287 Adult 1 grid reference not recorded, LCFC 1954-56:75.
1956 Delamere SJ5570 Adult 1 grid reference not recorded, LCFC 1954-56:75.
1956 Antrobus SJ6479 Not recorded 1 grid reference unknown
1956 Frandley House, Frandley SJ640788 Not recorded 1 grid reference unknown
1951 Hazel Grove SJ9287 Not recorded 1+ Grid Reference unknown. Michaelis (1954)
15 Jun 1951 Mobberley SJ7879 Not recorded 1+ Grid Reference unknown. Michaelis (1954)
1950 Great Budworth SJ6677 Larval 1 Grid Reference unknown. Boyd (1951)
1950 Chester SJ4066 Not recorded 1 grid reference unknown
1950 Heswall SJ2482 Not recorded 1 grid reference unknown
1950 Gatley SJ8487 Not recorded 1 grid reference unknown. E Taylor, undated
10 Oct 1949 Willaston SJ3377 Larval 1 Grid Reference unknown. Mansbridge & Wright (1950)
1949 Chester Grasslands SJ3864 Larval 1+ Ernest Shenton, Saltney, Grid Reference unknown. Michaelis (1954), recorded as Flintshire in Smith (1948)
1949 Chester SJ4066 Adult 1 grid reference unknown, Graham A Webster, Grosvenor Museum, Smith (1950)
1949 Chester SJ4066 Not recorded 1 grid reference unknown
21 Jun 1948 Hoylake SJ2188 Adult 1 Liverpool Golf Links, grid reference unknown, Smith (1950)
1947 Chester SJ4066 Not recorded 1 Grid Reference unknown. Mansbridge & Wright (1949)
1947 Willaston SJ3377 Pupal 3 grid reference unknown, recorder JGE in Smith (1950)
1947 Raby SJ3380 Larval 1 grid reference unknown, and two pupae, Smith (1948)
1946 Waverton SJ4564 Adult 1 grid reference unknown, Smith (1948)
1944 Hoole SJ4266 Adult 1 Grosvenor Museum, grid reference unknown, Smith (1948)
1944 Kelsall SJ5268 Adult 1 grid reference unknown, Smith (1948)
1944 Raby SJ3078 Not recorded 1 grid reference unknown
1943 Bebington SJ3283 Not recorded 1 grid reference unknown
1940 SJ55 SJ55 Not recorded 1+ BRC Ref: V05_12868
1940 SJ68 SJ68 Not recorded 1+ BRC Ref: V05_18278
1940 Wilmslow SJ8280 Adult 1 grid reference not provided, LCFC 1939-42:12-15
1940 Bramhall SJ8884 Adult 1 grid reference not provided, LCFC 1939-42:12-15
1938 Bebington SJ3283 Dead 1 in beehive. Mansbridge (1939)
1938 Bromborough SJ3280 Not recorded 1 grid reference unknown
1938 Raby SJ3380 Larval 3 plus one pupa, adults bred and exhibited at LCES meeting. Also one larva found in a potato field at Raby and passed onto Mr W K Ford. Mansbridge (1939)
1935 Lymm SJ6887 Dead 1 grid reference unknown. per C G S Sandys, Boyd (1946)
1935 Piper's Ash SJ4367 Adult 1 grid reference unknown, Smith (1948)
1935 Chester SJ4066 Not recorded 1 grid reference unknown
1934 Raby Mere SJ3381 Larval 1 grid reference not provided, LCFC 1934:23, Smith (1948)
1933 Grappenhall SJ6286 Pupal 2 grid reference not provided, LCFC 1935-36:39. Boyd (1946)
12 Aug 1933 Peover Inferior SJ7375 Larval 1 grid reference unknown. Boyd (1946)
1931 Runcorn SJ5082 Adult 1 per Eric Hardy, grid reference not provided, LCFC 1931:28, Mansbridge (1931)
1928 Cheadle Hulme SJ8686 Adult 1 grid reference unknown, Smith (1948)
21 Sep 1926 Guilden Sutton SJ4468 Adult 1 specimen in Grosvenor Museum, Chester. grid reference unknown, Found at a farm North Western Naturalist 1926:212, Smith (1948)
10 Dec 1925 Chester SJ4066 Adult 1 unusual date for an adult, pupa possibly brought indoors with potatoes, emerging early, grid reference not provided. LCFC 1925:1, also reported as 10/12/1926 LCFC 1926:2
1920 Blacon SJ3867 Adult 1 Saughall Road, nr Chester, Grosvenor Museum, grid reference unknown, Smith (1948)
1920 Chester SJ4166 Adult 1 grid reference unknown, Smith (1948)
1909 Delamere SJ5570 Not recorded 1+ Ellis (1890). check date
1905 Chester SJ4066 Adult 1 Chester, Dee light, grid reference unknown, Smith (1948)
1905 Lymm SJ6685 Not recorded 1+ Ellis (1890). check date
1903 Red Rocks, Hoylake SJ2088 Not recorded 1+ Hoylake, undated, formerly common. Day (1903), grid reference unknown.
1903 Vicars Cross SJ4466 Not recorded 1+ undated Day (1903)
1903 Bowdon SJ7587 Not recorded 1+ undated Day (1903)
1902 Sale SJ7891 Pupal 1 Ellis (1890). bred ex pupa
1901 Acton SJ6253 Not recorded 1+ Acton Grange, Ellis (1890). check date as after publication
1901 Carrington SJ7392 Larval 2 two larvae. Day (1903)
1901 Knutsford SJ7479 Not recorded 1+ near Knutsford. Day (1903)
1900 Farndon SJ4054 Larval 1+ larvae very common. Day (1903)
1900 Malpas SJ4846 Larval 1+ near Malpas. Day (1903)
1900 Hoylake SJ2188 Not recorded 1 grid reference unknown
1899 Eccleston SJ4062 Not recorded 1 Day (1903)
07 Sep 1896 Chester SJ4066 Larval 1 Recorder J Lyon Denson found larvae about 3 miles from the city. One of at least 7 taken in the neighbourhood late summer/early autumn. grid reference not provided. Chester and the county generally - not common. Day (1903)
1895 Tranmere SJ3287 Not recorded 1+ Day (1903)
1890 Bidston SJ2889 Not recorded 1+ undated. Ellis (1890)
1890 Liscard SJ3092 Not recorded 1+ undated. Ellis (1890)
1890 Sale SJ7891 Not recorded 1+ Ellis (1890)
07 Sep 1889 Frodsham SJ5177 Larval 1 grid reference not provided. Entom. 23:17
1889 Manley SJ4971 Larval 1 Grid ref. not provided. Entom. 23:17, Ellis (1890)
1887 Wallasey SJ2792 Larval 1+ Day (1903)
1887 Withington SJ8169 Not recorded 1+ Ellis (1890). recorder JRH assumed to be a typo.
1885 Saughall SJ3669 Not recorded 1+ undated (Shrubsole in brackets after site name), Walker (1885), Day (1903)
1885 Tattenhall SJ4858 Not recorded 1+ undated, Walker (1885), Day (1903) (Manning in brackets after site name)
1885 Delamere SJ5570 Not recorded 1+ undated, Walker (1885)
1885 Upton, Birkenhead SJ2788 Larval 1+ undated - larvae not uncommon at Upton, Walker (1885), Ellis (1890), Day (1903)
1880 Cheshire Unknown Adult 1 specimen presented at the L&CES meeting of 31/5/1880. The Insecta of Lancashire and Cheshire, Cooke (1882) - not specified whether it was Lancashire or Cheshire - need to verify
1878 Bowdon SJ7587 Adult 1 July/August 1878. Ellis (1890)
1876 Cheshire Unknown Larval 1+ frequent occurence. The Entomologist, Vol. X, 164:2-9, New and rare British Lepidoptera observed during the years 1874, 1875, 1876, Carrington, John T. (1877)
1874 Red Rocks, Hoylake SJ2088 Not recorded 1+ Hoylake, abundant, Ellis (1890), grid reference unknown.
1870 Altrincham SJ7687 Adult 1 Ellis (1890), specimen in Bolton Museum, grid reference not provided
1858 Christleton SJ4465 Not recorded 1+ Walker (1885), Ellis (1890), Day (1903)
1854 Brushes Valley SJ9999 Not recorded 1+ Records extracted from various publications to establish a lepidoptera list at Staley Brushes. Underwood (1970). The publications from which the records were extracted are not known now but were relied on at the time. Data was also extracted from local museums and libraries.
1846 Beeston SJ5459 Not recorded 1+ Ellis (1890)
1825 Tabley SJ7278 Not recorded 1+ taken by Sir John Leicester. Day (1903). Boyd (1951)
1808 Chester SJ4066 Not recorded 1+ Ellis (1890)
1800 SJ64 SJ64 Not recorded 1+ BRC Ref: V05_15803, date pre 1941


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