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Elephant Hawk Moth

The elephant hawk-moth is a pretty, gold-and-pink moth that can be seen at dusk in gardens, parks, woods and grassy habitats.

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The caterpillars look like elephant’s trunks and have eyespots to scare off predators.

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The caterpillars feed on willowherbs, fuchsia and bedstraw, and the adults feed on nectar. The caterpillars overwinter as chrysalides, hidden among low vegetation or in the soil.

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The striking elephant hawk-moth is mainly golden-olive with bright pink bars on the wings and body. The similar small elephant hawk-moth is smaller, yellower and less common; it is found in short grassland.

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