Small elephant hawk-moth

Adult small elephant hawk-moths fly May-July across the UK but prefer chalky areas. Frank Lees collected this specimen 11 June 1929.

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.
Collection Class
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