Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Deilephila elpenor- The Pink Male Moth

Deilephila elpenor                   Elephant Hawk Moth

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

(unranked): Macrolepidoptera

Superfamily: Bombycoidea

Family: Sphingidae

Subfamily: Macroglossinae

Genus: Deilephila

Species: D. elpenor

Binomial name

Deilephila elpenor

Linnaeus, 1758

The Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) is a large moth of the Sphingidae family.

The species is found throughout Britain and Ireland except for the north and east of Scotland, and its range extends across Europe, Russia, and into China, northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, Japan and Korea (though not Taiwan). Introduced specimens have been found in British Columbia. In most of their range, the adults are seen from May to July and the caterpillars from July to September, when they pupate. However in some parts of the Mediterranean and China the adults may be seen from April on, sometimes having two broods in a year.


  1. I am always amazed at all the pink things you find to post! Is that pink moth for real?

    BTW, thank you for inviting me to come and see your new look. It's so cheerful and bright and inviting..... oh yes, and perfectly PINK! It's a place I'd want to come to often

    That pink slipper project seems totally awesome. I wonder if we have anything like that here in Alberta, Canada. Blessings as you work on those lovely things for those precious women and children.

  2. Thank you Brenda!

    The Pink Slipper project is not mine...merely something I read about and reposted here.

    Yes, the pink moth is real! How awesome is God and what a great sense of humor He seems to have!