Deilephila elpenor

IrishStatus: Widespread and Common

Elephant Hawk Moth - this striking moth flies from May to August. It has a wingspan of around 48 mm. It is night flying and therefore feed on flowers that open or produce nectar at nighttime. It is one of a few moths that can hover when feeding. The main foodplants are Honeysuckle and Rosebay Willowherb. Photographed in Ballinaglera Co. Leitrim

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