Does anyone know what species this caterpillar is? Found near our house in Lewes.
It measures 100mm long by 10mm across
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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