Elephant Hawk-moth - Deilephila elpenor


Wingspan 45-60 mm. The English name of this moth is derived from the caterpillar's fanciful resemblance to an Elephant's trunk.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows, gardens, woodland edges and heathland, and on rough grassland and sand-dunes.

When to see it

The adults fly from May to July.

Life History

The larvae feed mainly on Rosebay Willowherb but also other plants, including Bedstraw.

UK Status

It is a common species in most of Britain, including Scotland where it has increased its range in recent years. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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