Elephant Hawk-moth


Deilephila elpenor – This hawk-moth always reminds me of a fond time during my boyhood when my brother and I discovered the caterpillar for this moth, and subsequently watched it pupate and turn into this magnificent adult. Hawk-moths can be quite docile creatures in the daytime, and they will let you handle them readily, and tend to be very cooperative and accommodating on a photo shoot. This is one of our most beautiful moths with large pink and olive-green streamlined wings. The name comes from the caterpillar which looks like an elephant’s trunk when it extends itself. This is one of the few caterpillars that can actually swim, in which it may resemble a small grass snake.



Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor


Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor


Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor


Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 6th July 2019
Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire


 

Who Said Elephants Can’t Fly?


Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) – This stunning  moth 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.


Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor


Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor


Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor


Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor


Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor


Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor


Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 14th June 2017
Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire