Elephant hawk-moth

Description
Adult elephant hawk-moths are quite a common sight May-July across the UK. Frank Lees bred this moth from a larva between 1927 and 1928. It emerged as an adult July 1928.

The caterpillar (larva) looks a little like an elephant’s trunk. It would make a tasty snack for a foraging bird but it has alarming eye spots and by rearing up and retracting its head it tricks the bird into thinking it is a snake.
Accession Loan No.
9/1997/35
Collection Class
Arthropods
Common Name
elephant hawk-moth
Simple Name
insect: moth
Full Name
SPHINGIDAE: Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758): elephant hawk-moth
Period Classification
Inter War (1918-1939); Modern (1900-)
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Devonshire Association (from the collection of): Lees, Mr Frank H
Collection Town
Castle Bromwich
Collection County
West Midlands
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe
Phylum
ARTHROPODA
Family
SPHINGIDAE
Genus
Deilephila
Species
elpenor

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