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ELEPHANT HAWK MOTH

Observed: 15th August 2013 By: nature mannature man’s reputation in Invertebratesnature man’s reputation in Invertebrates
ELEPHANT HAWK MOTH
Description:

Found this on the floor in the conservatory. A present from one of my cats!! Kept it in a large plastic tub with leaf litter and it has now turned into a handsome chrysallis.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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

Comments

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Eephant Hawk

Looks like a good match to me :-)

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Ardea's picture

Keep it outside in a plant

Keep it outside in a plant pot filled with leaf litter over the winter, cover with net, like the stiff you get garlic from the supermarket, or old tights (to keep the mice out). Somewhere where it won't get frozen solid. Bring it in doors in late spring to move things along.

Next year you'll either get a very handsome moth or a large black and white wasp (Amblyjoppa proteus) or even ths large Tachinid fly (Tachina gross). Good luck.

nature man's picture

hawk moth

Thanks for tips hopefully a beautiful birth in the spring.

NATURE MAN