Does anyone know what species this caterpillar is? Found near our house in Lewes.
It measures 100mm long by 10mm across
Tags: Butterfly, Caterpillars, Life, Moths, Sussex, Trust, Wild, Wildlife
That's the caterpillar of the Elephant Hawkmoth. It feeds on plants including Rosebay Willowherb in the wild, or Fuchsia in gardens. Once full-grown (as yours is) it will wander off to pupate underground. The adult moth is of a a spectacular, streamlined Art Deco appearance and is a beautiful mix of olive green and pink.
Best Wishes, Neil
Thank you Michael - so this is an Elephant Hawkmoth?
The photo was taken in June 2009 on a window ledge in High Salvington. It was the first time I had obtained a close up view of an elephant hawk moth since 1940’s when a chrysalis that my father had stored through the winter hatched out.
Hi Victor and Michael,
The Elephant Hawkmoth is really just a Middle Weight. Holder of the British Heavy Weight title (apart from the migrant, bird-sized Convolvulus Hawkmoth) is the Privet Hawkmoth. I recently found its caterpillar on the slopes of Mill Hill at Shoreham.
Wow! Well done Neil,
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