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Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila porcellus
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Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila elpenor

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1991 / 69.016

A common resident species throughout the region perhaps better known as the larva to many people.

Found in a wide variety of habitats from brownfield sites to rural habitats.

Adults come readily to light, sometimes in large numbers. The larva is one of those regularly found by gardeners as fuchsia is one of its foodplants.

Recorded in 122 (87%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 28-33mm
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   Rosebay Willowherb, other willowherbs and bedstraws, Fuschia
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
25/09/2022+VC39 - StaffordshireSO98 -
22/09/20221VC40 - ShropshireSJ70 -
21/09/2022+VC39 - StaffordshireSJ92 -
19/09/2022+VC39 - StaffordshireSK05 -
13/09/2022+VC37 - WorcestershireSO98 -

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