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

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1992 / 69.017

Morley's Final Catalogue: Sometimes not uncommon in sandy districts, but always very uncertain in appearance. One in an Ipswich garden (Ml), around which town it is of extreme rarity; nor does it occur anywhere on the clay of High Suffolk.

Recent Suffolk Status: A widespread species in the county with concentrations of records in the Brecks and Sandlings. Can be recorded in large numbers in the Brecks.

Life history: Single brooded in late spring/summer.

Identification: Similar to Elephant hawk, but smaller with yellowish markings.

Habitats: Wasteland, Gardens, open woodland, heathland, grassland, woodland rides.

Recorded in 48 (83%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1922.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
13/07/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
12/07/2023126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
11/07/2023225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
11/07/2023+26TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
11/07/2023125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
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Forewing: 21-25mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Bedstraws
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 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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