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Elephant hawk moth

Deilephila elpenor


These moths are nocturnal and therefore feed on flowers that open or produce nectar at nighttime. The elephant hawk moth has incredibly sensitive eyes that allow it to see color even at low-light. The moth is also known for its hovering capability, which it utilizes when feeding on nectar from flowers. This behavior is costly in terms of energy and can help explain why the moth has evolved such enhanced visual capabilities for efficient feeding. The moths also have an important role as pollinators throughout their habitat.


Habitat include rough grassland, heathland, sand dunes, hedgerows, woodland, the open countryside, and even urban gardens.


Photos taken at my front door, he was attracted to the porch light. Bikodze, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Dijana Serhatlic
Spotted by
Dijana Serhatlic

Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lat: 44.51, Long: 18.47

Spotted on May 1, 2018
Submitted on May 1, 2018

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