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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