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).

Identification difficulty

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).

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

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