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Kent Moth Group


Elephant Hawk-moth

Deilephila elpenor

Family: Sphingidae

RES: 69.016 B&F: 1991

Verification Grade (Adult):

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.

Habitat: Gardens, parks, woodland and downland

Flight Season: Flies from late May into August

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

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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External Links

More information about Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) can be seen on the external pages listed below: