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Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Macroglossinae
1991 / 69.016
Photo © Matthew Casey,  10/06/2021 - Hethersett

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Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila porcellus
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 (91%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/09/2021128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
12/09/2021127TG33 - Bacton
05/09/2021127TG50 - Yarmouth
01/09/2021127TG01 - Lyng/N.Tuddenham
30/08/2021128TF62 - King's Lynn/Dersingham
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