Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar

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Spotted in the car park at Hill Head Hampshire, an Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar. They can grow up to 85mm in length and is said to be the largest and most distinctive caterpillars to be found in the UK.

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The species is named after the caterpillars resemblance to an elephants trunk.

When retracted the caterpillars head recoils giving the impression of a much larger head. The two large ‘eye’ markings behind the head also suggest a much larger animal, and can appear startling to predators.

The moth has a wingspan of 45 to 50 mm it is coloured pink and green affairs, with a streamlined appearance.

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