Friday, 5 September 2008

Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor)

Sue and I rescued this rather spectacular caterpillar from the road near Llaniestyn Church, fortunately Sue spotted it crossing the road and managed to avid squashing it. We rescued it as I thought it was probably looking for a site to pupate in safety. I took a few photos and placed it in a tupperware box with some soil and leaf mould and its dissapeared from sight below ground where it will make a cell for itself, moult its skin and pupate to emerge as the beautiful moth shown in the photo around May or June next year.

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