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Green caterpillar

Observed: 19th August 2009 By: jacoba
unidentified august 09
Description:

This was found on the bean plant on the pond.It was as big as my index finger.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) interacts

Comments

Blewit Boy's picture

Looks a bit like........

Looks a bit like a death's head hawkmoth larvae, which is an rare migrant species to Britain.

chris

Limnoporus's picture

Elephant hawkmoth

I have never seen a live Death's Head caterpillar, but the photos all show a series of prominent stripes on the side. So whatever this is does not look like that species. I would agree that on size alone this is most likely one of Hawkmoth caterpillars. These all have a prominent projection at the tail end but its hard to see it on this specimen because of the orientation. But I think it is there. So my opinion is that this is an elephant hawkmoth, not fully grown. The angle means the distinctive eyespots are not visible. The habitat could also be right if there was willowherb by the pond

Vinny's picture

Markings not Elephant Hawk

Having seen younger larvae of Elephant Hawk I'd say definitely not this species. They are a plainer green when young. Not sure why you have chosen 'I'm sure as I can be' when there are no features to confirm this.

Vinny's picture

I retract my original comment above!

I now think this IS the Elephant Hawkmoth - not young but the unusual final instar green abberation (most turn brown). Only seen it once before hence my confusion with the markings.

Blewit Boy's picture

I don't suppose........

I don't suppose you have anymore photos of it, do you jacopa?

chris

jacoba's picture

The two other photos are

The two other photos are unclear and not worth putting on this site.
I must say that it was a wonderful find, even though they might be common, I have never seen one before and shall take more care with my camera if there is a next time.

RHoman's picture

Foodplant

Menyanthes (Bogbean - I assume this is what has been referred to in the original observation) is given as a foodplant for Elephant Hawk-moth on the HOSTS web site. See:
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/jdsml/research-curation/research/projects/hostplant...

Robert Homan