SNAKE-ALIKE

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild August -

Ev­ery Au­gust and Septem­ber BBC

Wildlife is in­un­dated with calls and emails from read­ers ask­ing us to iden­tify a ‘snake’ in their gar­den. In­vari­ably it turns out to be an ele­phant hawk­moth cater­pil­lar. Named for its re­sem­blance to an ele­phant’s trunk, this 8cm larva has four huge false ‘eyes’ and munches fuschia and rose­bay wil­lowherb. It’s usu­ally seen on flowerbeds, search­ing for some­where to pu­pate.

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