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what is this catterpillar
Location:  leicester england
September 6, 2010 5:33 am
my mum has found two of these in her garden can u tell us what they are?
Signature:  lizziep

Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Hi lizziep,
We have received several requests to identify the Caterpillar of the Elephant Hawkmoth,
Deilephila elpenor, in the past few weeks.  According to the UK Moths website:  “The English name of this moth is derived from the caterpillar’s fanciful resemblance to an elephant’s trunk” and “It is a common species in most of Britain, including Scotland, where it has increased its range in recent years.

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3 Responses to Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

  1. mardikavana says:

    I didn’t think that there were any more larvae. I presumed that they had turned into pupae because last time i saw larvae was in the beginning of august. Truly interesting.

  2. mardikavana says:

    I was walking home today and I found a fully grown Elephant Hawkmoth larvae. That was surprising.

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