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Amazing Creature

Observed: 11th May 2011 By: WilliamBWilliamB’s reputation in InvertebratesWilliamB’s reputation in InvertebratesWilliamB’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Distinctive pink, khaki green and flashes of pinky white.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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

Comments

Nature girl's picture

They are beautiful beasts,

They are beautiful beasts, and to think that moths are under-appreciated...

corylus's picture

Well done, super photos

Ours has not emerged yet.Was yours a larva or pupa on rescue?

Hazel Trevan

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As a larva

He was on his way to pupate and just about to cross a street last September.
According to www.uksafari.com/elephanthm.htm they emerge any time between May and July. I just hope he finds a female before long. I tried to release him earlier, but he wouldn't start up his motors. I think it's too cold tonight. I'll force feed him tomorrow and try again tomorrow night.

William

WB

corylus's picture

Good luck

Do you force feed with a honey or sugar solution?

Hazel Trevan

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Honey

Hi Hazel, I always use a weak honey solution. It's quite cold again. I hope it warms up later tonight.

William

WB