Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila porcellus
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Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila elpenor

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1991 / 69.016

Morley's Final Catalogue: This hawk's Suffolk headquarters are, or were before their recent contamination, the broad marshes of the Gipping valley; here Baylis found many larvae at Ipswich, Crewe 'once took about thirty on a small patch of Galium palustre' at Stowmarket (Nat. 1857), and it was quite abundant on that plant at Bramford in 1894 (Mly) and mid-August 1917 (Vinter).

Recent Suffolk Status: A widespread and sometimes abundant species in the county. One of Suffolk's commonest hawk moth species.

Life history: Single brooded in the summer.

Identification: Similar to Small Elephant hawk, but larger with greenish markings.

Habitats: Wasteland, Gardens, Woodland, Heathland, grassland, woodland rides, scrub, wetlands.

Recorded in 56 (97%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1894.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/09/2023425TM14 - Ipswich
06/09/2023125TM38 - Bungay/Rumburgh
24/08/2023125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
24/08/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
22/08/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 28-33mm.
Flight: One generation May-Aug.
Foodplant:   Rosebay Willowherb, other willowherbs and bedstraws, Fuschia
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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