Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Deilephila porcellus

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1992 / 69.017

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species found throughout the British Isles, the larva feeding on bedstraw (Galium spp.). In Dorset, the moth frequents two biotypes: the first is unimproved grassland where lady's bedstraw (Galium verum) abounds on chalky soil both inland and along the Jurassic coast; on optimum sites it is common. The second biotype is heathland and grassland on acid soil in the Poole Basin where heath bedstraw (Galium saxatile) grows; in these habitats it is at low density.

Recorded in 40 (100%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 21-25mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Bedstraws
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
01/08/201919SY98 Wareham
25/07/2019+9SY59 Powerstock / Kingcombe
25/07/201919SY79 Puddletown
24/07/2019+9SY67 Portland / Weymouth
23/07/201919SY79 Puddletown

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