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Elephant Hawk Caterpillars in season

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Elephant Hawk-moth Caterpillar

Elephant Hawk-moth Caterpillar

Hi everyone,

It’s that timeĀ  of the year when the Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillars are out and about in numbers. At this time of year they’re often found wandering around looking for somewhere to pupate, or are in peoples’ gardens munching away at their Fuschias!

There are two forms – the more typical brown form, and a bright green form which is somewhat less common but perhaps more easily noticed.

If you’ve found a big, smooth caterpillar with a curved horn at the rear and false ‘eyes’ at the front, there’s a good chance it’s this species.

See http://www.ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=240 for more information.

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