Hawk moth caterpillar

Discover interesting facts about hawk moth caterpillars and their unique characteristics. Learn about their appearance, behavior, and lifecycle, and be amazed by the wonders of nature.
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A very scarce immigrant from southern Europe with only a handful of recent records. In the 19th century, it bred several times on the south coast of England, most often on Spurge (Euphorbia spp.). The adult resembles the more frequent Bedstraw Hawk-moth (Hyles gallii), but has a distinctive rosy tinge to the underside, as well as more solid markings on the upperwing. The appearance of the caterpillars varies. Flight Season Adults can occur in the UK between late May and October.

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It's hard to believe a caterpillar capable of snake mimicry could turn into this beautiful, colorful elephant hawk-moth.  Both the elephant hawk-moth and the small elephant hawk-moth are found in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Hawk Moth, Inspiration, Nature, Art, Ink, Elephant Moth, Moth Caterpillar, Butterfly Species, Small Elephant

Named after the caterpillar's resemblance to an elephant's trunk, the elephant hawk-moth caterpillar interestingly transforms into a colorful moth. However, when the caterpillar's head recoils, two large eye-like markings behind the head suggest a snake-like animal, often frightening predators.

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