Meet the Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar

Published: 07 Sep 2023

The elephant in the room

Looking at the adult Elephant Hawk-moth, it’s hard to imagine how it earned the epithet of elephant. To solve that mystery, we have to seek out a caterpillar. When they’re fully grown, Elephant Hawk-moth are one of the largest and most distinctive caterpillars you’re likely to find.

They grow to around 8cm long, are chunky, and usually brown with darker markings that give them a slightly wrinkled look. As a result, they do look a bit like an elephant’s trunk. Their most distinctive features are the large eyespots just behind the head. These large, fake eyes help put off potential predators. To add to the effect, the caterpillars can partially retract their actual head – giving them the look of a cartoon snake.

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