Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Elephant Hawk-moth larva

We were just sat by the pond taking a well earned tea break when Sam (AKA Hawkeye) spots this Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar feeding on the Marsh Bedstraw. I had only seen a final instar larva previously so didn't immediately recognise it, though it has the 'eyes' and was obviously a hawk-moth. Neither did I know they fed on bedstraws (as well as willowherb and fuchsias), so I am just a little wiser now!    Patrick Clement

Elephant Hawk-moth larva.

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