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Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila elpenor

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1991 / 69.016
Photo © Dave Hatton,  VC63 - Pudsey, June 2023

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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 2022.
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
12/09/2022+64SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
11/09/2022+61SE92 - Swanland
11/09/2022161TA31 - Skeffling / Easington
06/09/2022162NZ30 - Great Smeaton
02/09/2022+64SE36 - Bishop Monkton / Roecliffe
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