Small Elephant Hawk-moth - Deilephila porcellus

    Description

    Wingspan 40 to 45 mm. Slightly smaller but even more brightly-coloured than its cousin the Elephant Hawk-moth (D. elpenor).

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It prefers chalky districts and dry grassy localities but is found in a range of habitats.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History

    The larvae, which are similar to those of D. elpenor, feed mostly on Bedstraw.

    UK Status

    Locally distributed but occurs widely in Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

    Reference
    69.017 BF1992

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map