Monday 28 July 2014

Black and Green Elephant Hawkmoths

Black Elephant Hawkmoth with trunk extended
Gardening can be hot, sweaty and boringly repetitive, especially when weeding, but every now and then something magical crops up.

Today’s discovery was an unusual caterpillar or larva which I’d never seen before. But I was surprised when someone replied to my Tweet that it was the larva of an elephant hawkmoth – I’d seen one of those before and it was bright green.

How come the larva of the elephant hawkmoth can be such different colours? Both share the huge ‘eyes’ and trunk like proboscis.
Green Elephant Hawkmoth with scary big eyes! 

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