Small Elephant Hawk-moth - Deilephila porcellus
Wingspan 40 to 45 mm. Slightly smaller but even more brightly-coloured than its cousin the Elephant Hawk-moth (D. elpenor).
It prefers chalky districts and dry grassy localities but is found in a range of habitats.
May to July.
The larvae, which are similar to those of D. elpenor, feed mostly on Bedstraw.
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.
Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).
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