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Looks like a snake, right? Nope. This little guy is actually a caterpillar. Deilephila elpenor, known as the Elephant Hawk-moth, is a large moth of the Sphingidae family. The species is found throughout Britain and Ireland. Its range extends across Europe, Russia, and into China, northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, Japan and Korea (though not Taiwan).


Caterpillars' self-defence mimicry and camouflage. Elephant hawkmoth caterpillar (Deilephila elpenor)

Elephant-hawk Moth Caterpillar (deilephila elpenor)