Nature Notes #10

Nature Notes #10

Sparky’s mum was gardening today and found this little beauty chomping away through the fuchsias and correctly identified it as an Elephant Hawk Moth larva. Apparently named for it’s resemblance to an elephant’s trunk. I think it’s got a more reptilian look about it. Anyway, an impressive beast and active during this period so keep an eye open for them on willow-herb and fuchsias or when you’re tending to your herbaceous borders .

A link below for more information on the species.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deilephila_elpenor

Elephant Hawk Moth Larva. All images by WSM