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Summary Data


Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Aug.

Forewing: 28-33mm.

Foodplant: Rosebay Willowherb, other willowherbs and bedstraws.

Regional breakdown:

 VC61VC62VC63VC64VC65
Year first recorded18831883188318831984
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records224295110051688365
Number of individuals2605162814903856686
Unique positions15311917122537
Unique locations15011516622531
Adult records21909129201510353
Immature records221215848

For the county, we have a total of 6251 records from 687 sites. First recorded in 1883.
 

Photos


1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 13 Larvae
© Colin Duke
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 12 Larvae
© Colin Duke
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 11 Larvae
© Colin Duke
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 11 Lateral
© Colin Duke
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 10
© Colin Duke
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 09 larva
© Andy Nunn
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 08
© Nick Lawman
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 07
© Andy Nunn
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 06
© Dean Stables
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 05
© Paul Kipling 07 June 2010
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 04
© Paul Kipling 29 May 2011
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 03
© Ian Andrews
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 02 larva
© Damian Money
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth 01
© Damian Money

Species Account


Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Very widely distributed and often common, mostly on lower ground, in all five vice-counties. A species often found in suburban areas. Larvae feed on rosebay willow-herb on wasteland and fuchsias in gardens and the adults are often seen feeding at honeysuckle at dusk.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across all of the county including the higher ground with several hundred records submitted annually.
 

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