Small elephant hawk-moth

Description
Adult small elephant hawk-moths fly May-July across the UK but prefer chalky areas. Frank Lees bred this specimen from an egg between 1926 and 1927. It emerged as an adult 26 July 1927.

This is the much smaller relative of the elephant hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor, and it has much yellower wings. The larva is also smaller and lacks the curved horn on the rear end that occurs in most other hawk-moth species.
Accession Loan No.
9/1997/48
Collection Class
Arthropods
Common Name
small elephant hawk-moth
Simple Name
insect: moth
Full Name
SPHINGIDAE: Deilephila porcellus (Linnaeus, 1758): small 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
Little Aston
Collection County
Staffordshire
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe
Phylum
ARTHROPODA
Family
SPHINGIDAE
Genus
Deilephila
Species
porcellus

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