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.
Hedgerows, gardens, woodland edges and heathland, and on rough grassland and sand-dunes.
The adults fly from May to July.
The larvae feed mainly on Rosebay Willowherb but also other plants, including Bedstraw.
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.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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