Elephant in the garden

Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar

A half-hearted attempt at some weeding in the garden revealed a large, dark, caterpillar.  It was chomping on some of the willowherb that likes growing wherever it can, alongside spurges and other weeds.  This was a caterpillar of the elephant hawkmoth, somewhat more sinister looking in its caterpillar stage than the pink and green moth it will become.  Weeding ceased to allow it to continue eating undisturbed.  If it makes adulthood we need to look out on the honeysuckle around dusk, assuming there is honeysuckle left in flower by then, as it is a favoured food-plant of the moths.

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One Response to Elephant in the garden

  1. IF it makes adulthood!

    Awesome photo – makes the caterpillar look as big as an elephant.

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