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Kent Moth Group


Small Elephant Hawk-moth

Deilephila porcellus

Family: Sphingidae

RES: 69.017 B&F: 1992

Verification Grade (Adult):

Locally spread across Kent, this species has a decent presence in West Kent and is a certainty at coastal locations from Dungeness to Ramsgate. Easily separated from the similar Elephant Hawk-moth by its smaller size, lack of pale stripe on the forewing and lack of any white spots. When freshly emerged it can appear quite pink, but unlike Elephant Hawk-moth, Small Elephant will fade and look quite washed out very quickly.

Flight Season: May to August

Foodplant: Bedstraws

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus) 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 Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus) 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 Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus) 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 Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus) 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 Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus) can be seen on the external pages listed below: