Definition of elephant hawkmoth in English:

elephant hawkmoth


  • A large pinkish hawkmoth with greenish-bronze markings. The foreparts of the caterpillar have eyespots and sometimes resemble an elephant's trunk.

    Genus Deilephila, family Sphingidae: several species, in particular the common D. elpenor

    • ‘This past March this column noted the first-ever evidence of an animal - the elephant hawkmoth - seeing color by night.’
    • ‘The elephant hawkmoth locates flowers in the dark of night and feeds on their nectar.’
    • ‘The large elephant hawk-moth is one of our more brightly coloured moths.’