Elephant Hawkmoth from Norway

Colorful moth?
Location: Stavanger, on the south-west coast of Norway
July 12, 2011 7:06 am
Hi. I stumbled across (almost stepped on) this little fella on my way hom from the shops. I suppose it’s some kind of moth. It’s 4-5cm from head to tail and was sitting on the ground. Can you help me with more information? Very pretty!
Signature: Aslak, Norway

Elephant Hawkmoth

Dear Aslak,
This lovely European moth is an Elephant Hawkmoth,
Deilephila elpenor.  You may compare your photo to the image on the UK Moths website.  We are scheduled for a short holiday, and in anticipation for being out of the office for a few days, we are preparing some letters to post while we are gone.  Your letter will go live Friday morning.

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