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National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Very rare migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

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IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded20052005
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records24
Number of individuals24
Unique positions24
Unique locations24
Adult records24
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2005.


1985 Oleander Hawk-moth 03
© Jack Oughton
1985 Oleander Hawk-moth 02
© Les Hill
1985 Oleander Hawk-moth 01
© P Harris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A strongly migratory species headquartered south of 40°N and east of 10°E that rarely reaches Britain, the larva feeding on greater periwinkle (Vinca major), lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor), oleander (Nerium oleander) and grape-vine (Vitis vinifera). In Dorset, this fabulously patterned and coloured moth is a very rare visitor indeed, and there is just one record since the large influx (nationally) of 1953. All Dorset records follow: Chickerell, female on 24 September 1900 (Mrs Hew per N Richardson), Portland Harbour, found alive on HMS Implacable on 7 September 1953 (Lt Cmdr L Benson), Shaftesbury, found dead with large hole in back of thorax, likely bird attack 2 August 1950 (Mr Spinney per A Russell), Blandford, (T Jeffreys), Durlston, at MV light on 4 September 2005 (S Nash), Poole, on 13 September 1953 (F Sturgeon), Parkstone, (E Welch, in Bankes collection in Nat Hist Mus), Studland, found dead on 3 September 1919 (H Riviere), Bournemouth, in September 1945 (F Fraser), in early July 1957 (J Wyatt).

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