Walking back from the allotment this morning with head bowed for the wind i caught site of this very large caterpillar making its way along a fence board,not knowing what it was there and then although i was suspecting some large type Hawk moth i gathered it up and took it along home.
Rather snake like in appearance and measuring a good three inches (in old money) it turned out as expected and is indeed Elephant Hawkmoth Larva coincidentally i had five Elephant hawk moths in the trap four weeks earlier along with two Poplar Hawk Moths.
Elephant Hawk Moth
Poplar Hawk Moth
I seem to be coming across large moth larva this year only two weeks ago i found an Emperor moth larva reported on my previous blog.