69.017 .... B&F 1992
Small Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila porcellus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Usually trapped in small numbers at sites in the Sherwood Forest area, but this moth seems to have increased across the county in the past 20years and it is now almost annual in many people's garden traps. The one photographed below, was trapped at the Idle Valley NR in 2014, and brought to us by Phil Cadman and Ian Hunt of the Lound Moth Group for inclusion here.
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Photographed at Market Warsop June 2024
 
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Photographed at Lound GP May 2014
 
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Early stages                            
Ovae/eggs on Bedstraw. Photographed at Market Warsop June 2024.
 
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Second-instar larva on Bedstraw. Photographed June 2023.
 
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Fourth-instar larva on Bedstraw. Photographed June 2023.
 
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Full-grown larva on Bedstraw. Photographed June 2023.
 
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Small Elephant Hawk-moth
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Graham and Anona Finch. David Hursthouse. Phil Cadman. Sean Tobin. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth reports 2003-2012). NBGRC. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2014). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2015). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2016). Phil Lee. Dave Morton. Andy Ashley. Martin Gray. Phil Cadman. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2018). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2019). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2020). Andy Adcock. Steven Chick. Jason and Lily Reece. Tom Shields. Agnes Kiemel. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2021). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2022).

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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