Sunday, 28 June 2009

Elephant Hawkmoth

We found this Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) caterpillar crossing a road as we drove past last autumn. The caterpillar was obviously looking for a pupation site as it was in its last instar and we rescued it to prevent in being squashed by passing cars. The caterpillar duly pupated and finally last night emerged as the beautiful adult moth shown. This will be released into a thick patch of Honeysuckle behind the garden later this evening to complete its life cycle in more natural surroundings.

1 comment:

willow said...

24.08.09 My dog found an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar today. I see it will become a beautiful moth when it emerges. Thank you for the phototgraph.