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Subject: What’s this caterpiller
Location: Essex , U.K., england
August 6, 2017 5:16 am
Whats this caterpillar found on a fuchsia in Essex in the uk
Signature: Neil

Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Neil,
This is an Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar,
Deilephila elpenor.  According to Learn About Butterflies:  “The caterpillar is brownish-grey, marked with a network of fine dark lines, much like the folds in the skin of an elephant’s trunk. When it walks, the caterpillar habitually sways the front segments from side to side, again reminiscent of the movement of an elephant’s trunk. The anal segment bears a short horn. The first two abdominal segments each bear a pair of pink and black eye-like markings. If the caterpillar becomes alarmed, it retracts its head, which compresses the thoracic segments and causes these ‘false eyes’ to expand. This gives the caterpillar a snake-like appearance, which presumably acts as a deterrent to predators.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Essex, England

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