Conspicuous Caterpillars

Monday, September 30th 2013

The larva of the Elephant Hawkmoth is often found at this time of year as it searches for a pupation site. It feeds at night but comes up to rest on a stem (or in this case boardwalk) in the late afternoon on fine days. It has a striking appearance due to its size and large eye markings. It pupates in a flimsy cocoon just below the ground surface. The adult is an unmistakable large pink and green moth.

Hawkmoth_caterpillar

Our thanks to Chris for sharing her photo.


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