Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Elephant hawk on Fuchsia

While inspecting a fuchsia plant in the garden today I spotted a young hawk moth caterpillar.  It was an elephant hawk, a species that often feeds on fuchsia rather than rosebay willowherb.20080730 South View elephant hawk 004

Soon it will change into the dark brown, eyed creature with the vaguely elephantine appearance that gives the species its name.

I am pleased to have found this as the elephant hawk adult is not the sort of moth that comes to lighted windowpanes and I don't think I have ever found caterpillars in the garden, though the moth was not infrequent years ago when I ran a light trap.