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Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Macroglossinae
1991 / 69.016
Photo © Ed Parnell,  04/07/2016 - Wymondham (Cemetery Lane)

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Forewing: 28-33mm.
Flight: One generation May-Aug.
Foodplant:   Rosebay Willowherb, other willowherbs and bedstraws, Fuschia
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
Common and widespread, occurring in most gardens.

The caterpillars are tapered like an elephant's trunk with two large eye spots and grow to 7cm long. They feed at night, but are often found hiding among leaves during the day.
Often found feeding on Fuschia in gardens.

Recorded in 67 (97%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/09/2020+27TM29 - Newton Flotman/Hempnall
31/08/2020527TG14 - Sheringham
22/08/2020128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
18/08/2020127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
18/08/2020227TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
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