Sphingidae: Sphinginae

06862 Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF1991 (ABH69.016)


General Information

This species has bright pink wings and body with tinges of olive green and brown.


Pupates in leaf litter or loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 28-33mm.
Foodplant(s): Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium), willowherbs (Epilobium spp.), bedstraws (Galium spp.)
Flying: One generation, May-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Grassland, hedgerows, ditches, woodland rides and gardens.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Hvoyna, Western Rhodpi Mtns., 11th June 2011
Hvoyna, Western Rhodpi Mtns., 11th June 2011
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Small Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila porcellus

Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Green, brown, grey, black, purple
No. of Proleg Pairs: