Small elephant hawk-moth

Adult small elephant hawk-moths fly May-July across the UK but prefer chalky areas. Frank Lees bred this specimen from an egg between 1926 and 1927. It emerged as an adult 25 July 1927.

This is the much smaller relative of the elephant hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor, and it has much yellower wings. The larva is also smaller and lacks the curved horn on the rear end that occurs in most other hawk-moth species.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
9/1997/47
Collection Class
Arthropods
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collector Excavator
Devonshire Association (from the collection of): Lees, Mr Frank H
Common Name
small elephant hawk-moth
Simple Name
insect: moth
Period Classification
Inter War (1918-1939); Modern (1900-)

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SPHINGIDAE: Deilephila porcellus (Linnaeus, 1758): small elephant hawk-moth