Elephant hawk moth caterpillar

At this time of the year we often get calls about unusual insects in people’s gardens, very often they turn out to be the caterpillars of the elephant hawk moth. These larvae can reach an impressive 7.5cm in length and have a spike-like ‘tail’ on their last segment. They feed on willowherbs and bedstaws but in the garden can often be found on fuschias.

Unlike many moths which have interesting looking caterpillars but are rather dull as adults, adult elephant hawk moths have beautiful pink markings.

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One Comment

  1. Thanks, we just found one of these in the garden and the children were fascinated, last time I saw one I was about six ( now 50+!) but I remembered it because I thought it was a baby crocodile back then!

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