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August 23, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Monster in the garden

Elephant Hawk Moth r

This beauty is the larva of the Elephant Hawk Moth. I caught it tucking in to its favourite food of fuchsia on my patio. It’s a bit of a monster as you can see. Handsome though,and even though it likes eating my fuchsias I was pleased to see it.

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  1. Reinhardt / Aug 23 2013 10:54 pm

    I like it when people have an appreciation for nature. All of if, not just the colourful or impressive, but even a lowly little worm-larva-thingy like this. 🙂

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 23 2013 11:01 pm

      Thank you. I find the small, creepy crawly stuff just as exciting as anything else. In fact with the right equipment, eye glass, etc, it can be absolutely absorbing; a world within a world.

  2. babsje / Aug 23 2013 11:49 pm

    This is fascinating, glad you posted it. A funny thing, at first, I misread it as “Elegant Hawk Moth,” rather than “Elephant…” Somehow the words ‘elegant’ and ‘moth’ seemed a bit oxymoronic to me, until I remembered the exquisite beauty of some.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 24 2013 8:10 am

      Thanks. Yes, the elephant hawk moth is quite beautiful and striking. The larva is pretty spectacular too.

  3. kiwiskan / Aug 24 2013 12:01 am

    well spotted. Did you shift it?

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 24 2013 8:07 am

      No, I left it as it was eating what had fallen on the ground and wasn’t doing any harm.

  4. seascapedesigns2013 / Aug 24 2013 12:20 am

    What an interesting creature you have. Never seen one in my garden. They must like heat.

  5. ramblingratz / Aug 24 2013 5:43 am

    Cute little fella – don’t fancy your fuscia’s chances.

  6. mtphotoii / Aug 24 2013 2:22 pm

    I think he’s kinda cute!

    I’m not sure why because I usually like the furry creatures.

    Great shot!

    – Michael
    http://AmazingPicturesBlog.com

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