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69.017 ~ 1992 ~ Small Elephant Hawk-moth ~ Deilephila porcellus
UK Status

Resident. Common S,C,(N).

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly common species, found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 47-56mm.

Confusion species

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Mostly open habitats including commons, sand-dunes, golf courses and shingle beaches.


Mainly bedstraws but also recorded on willowherb & purple-loosestrife.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa in a flimsy cocoon formed on the ground in the leaf litter. Larva late June-early September.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 23rd June 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by PRW, 23rd May 2007, Commins Coch