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Elephant Hawk-moth

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Peter Orchard

A widespread nocturnal species and quite common during May to July with a second brood in September and even October.


  • Deilephila elpenor: the elephant hawk-moth

    Post date: Monday, 13 February, 2017 - 21:22

    The elephant hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor)  is a large and very striking pink and green moth that is really unmistakable. It is a moth that you will usually only see with the aid of a moth trap as it comes readily to light but is rarely seen during the day despite being a frequent visitor to gardens.

    This moth loves honeysuckle and feeds on it at night although the larvae prefers members of the willowherb and bedstraw families of flowers. The larvae over winters as a pupa.

    This is a widespread species and quite common during May to July. In Dorset we sometimes see a second brood later in the year with these insects turning up in September and even October.


Common Name Elephant Hawk-moth
Scientific Name Deilephila elpenor
Species Group Moths 051 068 Hawkmoths
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