Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila elpenor

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1991 / 69.016
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Yorkshire Status: Common and widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Very widely distributed and often common, mostly on lower ground, in all five vice-counties. A species often found in suburban areas. Larvae feed on rosebay willow-herb on wasteland and fuchsias in gardens and the adults are often seen feeding at honeysuckle at dusk.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across all of the county including the higher ground with several hundred records submitted annually.

Recorded in 171 (86%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 28-33mm
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   Rosebay Willowherb, other willowherbs and bedstraws, Fuschia
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/09/2023+61TA03 - Beverley (S) / Cottingham
07/09/2023+64SE23 - Horsforth / Headingly / Pudsey
05/09/2023+63SE02 - Halifax
05/09/2023163SD92 - Hebden Bridge / Todmorden
02/09/2023+63SE30 - Worsbrough / Wombwell
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