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Oleander Hawk-moth
Daphnis nerii

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1985 / 69.011

General comments:
Exceptionally rare immigrant, not seen in our area since 1953.

Hertfordshire Notes: Piffard (1876. Entomologist's Monthly Magazine : 138), reports 'I have just seen a specimen of C. nerii (the Oleander Hawk), taken by a gardener on the 15th October, in a garden near here, in the Alma Road. It is now in the possession of - Pitts, Esq., House Surgeon at the Infirmary of Hemel Hempstead'. Durrant (1888) repeats the record giving the same (correct) date, but Fry (1876. Transactions of the Watford Natural History Society : 174) gives a different date, 13th October 1876, and adds that the specimen is a male. In subsequent reports, the specimen reportedly passed into the collection of G. T. Porritt of either Leeds (according to W. C. Boyd in Entomologist's Monthly Magazine : 147) or Huddersfield (according to A H. Foster, 1937). There are no other Hertfordshire records of this large and colourful hawk-moth.

Middlesex Notes: Rare immigrant. Records were summarised by Plant (1986): Tottenham, 1884; London Bridge, October 1888; Poplar, 20th September 1888; Ealing,6th October 1946; Wellington Place NW3, June 1949; Greenford Park Station, 30th June 1950; Oxford Street, a male 15th September 1950; Earl's Court, July 1953; and South Kensington late July 1953.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 1 (2%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1876.
Last Recorded in 1876.
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October 1876120TL00 - Hemel Hempstead
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Forewing: 48-51mm.
Flight: August-October.
Foodplant:   Oleander and Lesser Periwinkle
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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