69.016 .... B&F 1991
Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Status .....Common and widespread throughout Nottinghamshire and will regularly turn up at light traps run in urban localities. The larvae can regularly be found by searching Rosebay Willowherb growing on brownfield sites at dusk.
Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter June 2022
Photographed at Sherwood Forest CP June 2009
Early stages                            
Ova/egg. Photographed on Rosebay Willowherb, Sherwood Heath June 2022
Newly hatched larva. Photographed on Rosebay Willowherb, Sherwood Heath June 2022
Early instar larva. Photographed on Rosebay Willowherb, Sherwood Heath July 2022
Mid-instar larva. Photographed at Sherwood Heath July 2022
Full-grown larva (intermediate form). Photographed at Sherwood Heath July 2022
Full grown larva. Photographed on Rosebay Willowherb at Clipstone Old Quarter September 2012
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Elephant Hawk-moth
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Lound Moth Group. Richard Rogers. Colin Watkin. Graham and Anona Finch. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. David Hursthouse. Phil Lee. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Martin Harvey. Wil Heeney. Sean Tobin. Phil Cadman. Tim Sexton. David Yates. Dave Morton. Mark Dennis (Colwick Park Bird Reports 1993-2001). Nottingham City Council. Darren Matthews. Robert and Jill Carlyle. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Graham Birkett. NBGRC. Ian Blackmore-Allen. Steven Chick. Martin Gray. Andy Ashley. Rob Johnson. Charles Cannon. Caron Stubbs (Ransom Wood Moth Trapping Results 2010-2013). Tom Shields. Steven Chick.  Jason Reece and Lily Reece. Mike Hill. Andy Adcock. David Shaw. Graham Beeley. Agnes Kiemel. Ian Ellis. J.T. Radford. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024
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