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Moth  Small Elephant Hawk-Moth

Small Elephant Hawk-Moth - Photo  Copyright 2004 Steve Botham Photo: Steve Botham

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You can discover more about Hawk-Moths and their caterpillars with this fold out chart - click here

 

Latin name: Deilephila porcellus

Size: Approximately 52mms

Distribution: Found in most parts of the U.K.

Months seen: May to July. The caterpillars are usually seen between July and September.

Food: Nectar. The caterpillars feed on bedstraw and willowherb.

Habitat: Gardens, hedgerows, waste ground and woodland clearings.

Special features: As the name suggests, this moth is a smaller version of the Large Elephant Hawk-Moth. The caterpillars of both species are also similar, but again, this species is smaller in size.

It is a night flying moth, often seen in gardens feeding on nectar.


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