Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Sphinx elpenor Linnaeus, 1758
Syn: Choerocampa elpenor (Linnaeus)
* phylogenetic sequence #229475
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet elpenor
is from Elpenor
of Greek mythology, who was changed by Circe into a hog. The caterpillar, with its neck extended, is said to resemble a hog's snout. (1)
Common name Elephant Hawk Moth is also a reference to the caterpillar, in this case resembling an elephant's trunk.
Sole member of this genus in North America.
so. British Columbia, Canada - Map
/ Eurasia, North Africa, Japan.
Larvae on Chamaenerion, Clarkia, Galium, Calla, Impatiens.
Species accounts by Powell and Opler (2009) (3)
and Tuttle (2007) (4)
Reportedly introduced to British Columbia ca. 1995.