The Deilephila elpenor!

The Deilephila elpenor is more commonly known as the Elephant Hawk moth, and here at The Sign Maker we found a caterpillar of the Elephant Hawk Moth a few weeks back and we couldn’t help but share it with you.

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They are called the Elephant hawk moth as many say they look like the trunk of an elephant when they are still a caterpillar, in my opinion I think they look a bit like a snake! The elephant hawk moths turn into a beautiful red and green moth as shown in the photos below and they fly between June and September.

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The Elephant hawk moth are very common within the UK, but even so are a very beautiful creature to find in your garden.

For more information on the Elephant hawk moths make sure you check out the Wildlife Insight website by following the link below:

http://www.wildlifeinsight.com/british-moths/elephant-hawk-moth-and-caterpillar-deilephila-elpenor/

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