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Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila porcellus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphingidae: Macroglossinae
1992 / 69.017
Photo © Dave Appleton,  07/07/2012 - Beeston Common

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Similar Norfolk Species
Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila elpenor
Forewing: 21-25mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Bedstraws.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Much smaller than Elephant Hawk-moth with yellow rather than green markings.
Note the lack of stripe down centre of the abdomen.

Flies from dusk occasionally found by day.
The English name of this moth is derived from the caterpillar's fanciful resemblance to an elephant's trunk.
Grassland, heathland, vegetated shingle.

Recorded in 62 (84%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/08/2021527TG50 - Yarmouth
31/07/2021128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
31/07/2021127TG33 - Bacton
30/07/2021127TG20 - Norwich
29/07/2021128TF82 - Sculthorpe/Raynham
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