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Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758)
ELEPHANT HAWK MOTH
Elephant Hawk-moth; Large Elephant Hawkmoth

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Adult • Littleborough, Lancashire • © Ian Kimber

69.016 BF1991
Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor

(Linnaeus, 1758)


Wingspan 45-60 mm.

The English name of this moth is derived from the caterpillar's fanciful resemblance to an elephant's trunk.

The adults are attractively coloured pink and green affairs, with a streamlined appearance. They fly from May to July, visiting flowers such as honeysuckle ( Lonicera ) for nectar.

The larvae feed mainly on rosebay willowherb ( Epilobium angustifolium ), but also other plants as well, including bedstraw ( Galium ).

It is a common species in most of Britain, including Scotland, where it has increased its range in recent years.

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