Elephant Hawk-moth

Deilephila elpenor


Species Codes

B&F 1991 RES 69.016

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Species Account

Common and widespread across Kent, this species is regularly found in town-centre gardens as well as more natural locations. Only really confused with Small Elephant Hawk-moth but easily separated by size, a thin pale stripe across the forewing and a small white spot on each forewing.


Gardens, parks, woodland and downland


Mostly feeds on Willowherbs, but will likely be found in gardens where Fuscia is grown

Record Verification

Grade 1 adults are generally distinctive and unlikely to be confused with other species, but records outside documented range or flight period may require photos.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) in the Kent database. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Use the control below to filter by time span:


The graph below shows at which time of the year Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records of Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

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