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8cm green caterpillar

Observed: 6th August 2013 By: Cmg422Cmg422’s reputation in Invertebrates
Green caterpillar

Two of these have been found eating the leaves of a marginal pond plant.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

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


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Food Plant

I've only seen the green form of these on one previous occasion... they were feeding on Menyanthes trifoliata (Bog Bean). I must say that the plants in this pic look very like Menyanthes

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It's been worth the wait

Well, the caterpillar has confirmed itself as definitely being an Elephant Hawk Moth. After wintering in the garage it has emerged today in all it's glory. Tonight it will presumably head off into the dark and hopefully find others of its own kind.