Seq # 570330010

Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: April 14, 2020, 10:29 a.m.

A very common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Sphingidae > Subfamily: Macroglossinae > Tribus: Macroglossini > Genus: Deilephila > Species: Deilephila elpenor
Vernacular names
Groot avondrood (NL), Elephant Hawkmoth (EN), Le (Grand) Sphinx de la Vigne (FR), Mittlerer Weinschwärmer (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1837. Catalogue des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de la Belgique, précédé du tableau des Libellulines de ce pays. — — : 1–29. On page 22.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



Hibernates as a pupa in a loose cocoon among plant debris. The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid May till the end of August in one, sometimes two generations a year.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Epilobium, Galium, Fuchsia and Impatiens

The larva lives mainly on Epilobium angustifolium, but can also been found on many other low-growing plants like Vitis, Parthenocissus, Clarkia, Galium, Calla palustris, Impatiens etc...

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