Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar by durleybeachbum - Deilephila elpenor . It has a trunk-like snout which gives the insect its name, which is retracted when disturbed into the eye-spot region as here. It feeds on willowherbs and bedstraws and also like fuschias. The adult like honeysuckle.
49. Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar (Deilephila elpenor). When it comes to moths, it isn't always easy to decide whether to post a photograph a photo of the caterpillar, or the moth itself and this is no exception. Whilst the pink and green moth is very attractive, the caterpillar of the elephant hawk moth is one of the UK's biggest caterpillars and one of the most amazing to see.
Elephant hawk moth (Deilephila elpenor) --found the remarkable late instar caterpillar for this moth in my garden this morning! What a magnificent, if rather shocking, find! Relying on my zoological guru, Joshua Yu, to instruct me on raising this beauty.