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Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae

Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae
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Small Elephant Hawk Dielephila porcellus

 

A charming, quite small Hawkmoth, coloured intense magenta and orange, flying in June/July.  Store pupae cool for the winter. Set up with nectar flowers and sprigs of Bedstraw for egg-laying. The larvae are miniatures of the Elephant Hawkmoth and not difficult to rear. Prepare lots of Bedstraw in advance. 

 

The larvae are recorded as accepting these alternative foodplants: Willowherbs Epilobium, Busy Lizzie and Balsam Impatiens, Vines Vitis, Creepers Parthenocissus, and Purple Loosestrife Lythrum.

 

 

This is an unusual species if you want to try something new.