Who Said Elephants Can’t Fly?

Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor

This stunning Elephant Hawkmoth (Deilephila elpenor) was attracted to my shed light last night. These are the super jets of the moth world for they fly at incredible speed. Yet in the daytime they are as gentle as kittens, and will let you handle them, provided you are gentle with them.

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Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor


Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

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26 thoughts on “Who Said Elephants Can’t Fly?

  1. Gods that’s a biggun! I have a great fear of moths when they reach a certain size and I’ve seen Hawkmoths as close as this. But not for long. Hahahahaha. I don’t know if the elephant ones are larger than the normal ones, but I’m guessing so. It hasn’t stopped me writing poems about them or drawing them mind you. It’s the movement of the wings and a story I read in a horror book as a child about a moth that crawled into someone’s ear and lived there quite happily breeding and . . . Eating. Ye gads! *laughs*. Beautiful photos nonetheless Pete.

    – Esme wearing a net curtain over her head upon the Cloud

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    • Thank you Esme πŸ™‚ You so got me laughing again here with your net curtain over your head! πŸ™‚ That sounds like one nasty horror story. But alas you would have to have elephant ears for this moth to get inside, reproduce and dine.

      Interestingly they call it the Elephant Hawkmoth not because of its size but because the caterpillar can look a little bit like an elephant’s trunk. And as caterpillars go it is quite the pretty thing.

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