Elephant Hawk Moth

Someone once said “Fly like an elephant, sting like a bee”, or something approaching those words.

Even it’s mother must find it difficult to love this giant creature which I recently discovered in our garden.  It’s mother refers to it as Deilephila elpenor but it is known as the Elephant Hawk Moth because it’s caterpillar resembled the trunk of an elephant.

Elephant Hawk Moth

The caterpillar is easy to see but the moth, although common in the British Isles,  is nocturnal and therefore less commonly seen in the garden, even when they are flying around (between May and August.

Graham Williams
(Resident Ornithopterist)

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