Elephant in the garden

in the garden

Small Elephant Hawkmoth © Harry Mole 2018

Alfie spotted this beautiful Small Elephant Hawkmoth (Deilephila porcellus) on the back door this morning. There are 17 hawkmoths that can be found in UK – this one is about the most colourful – even more striking than the Elephant Hawkmoth although more localised. Also probably the smallest with a wingspan of about 50mm.

It wasn’t on a very pleasant background, but was drowsy enough for me to move it onto a cherry leaf and grab my camera.

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