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I ve done lots of google to try to work out what it is! I think it s an elephant hawk moth- many of the photos on line however don t show the very bright colours on the eye patterns as this one had - is it a hybrid of the species?
Hi Ruth, you need to add a Latin name to complete your ID. Add a revised ID enter the common name and then press " get recommended" for the Latin name. It is this name that links your sighting to others on iSpot.
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Hello Chris thank you I ve managed to add the Latin name now. What a great website.
Hi Ruth, thanks for your kind comment. I have not seen one with these reddish eye markings but it has a prominent horn and I cannot think of anything else it could be.
Colouration, but I'm sure the identification is right.
With caterpillars, the food plant is often important, but the little beggars don't always co-operate, as here!
Thanks for making your first posting on iSpot Ruth. There are some short 'video screencasts' in the help section of the website http://www.ispot.org.uk/help which might give you a few pointers on how to use the site to get the most from it.
Hope you continue to find the website useful.
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