When checking the moth trap yesterday morning to see what I had trapped, I caught out of the corner of my eye a vision clothed in fuschia pink and olive green nestling amongst the folds of a white sheet draped nearby to attract any moths that avoided the trap.
Oh yes! An Elephant Hawk-moth.
Am feeling rather chuffed with this new garden tick especially as the only other hawk-moth I have trapped was a Lime Hawk-moth around this time last year.
According to "Bugs Britannica" by Peter Marren and Richard Mabey, the Elephant Hawk-moth gets its name from its caterpillar which has an extendable trunk which at its fullest extent resembles an elephant's trunk or so early entomologists thought. It is one of the few caterpillars that can swim and a popular nickname for the moth is "Pink Elephant".
I'll do a full post on the rest of the moths caught when I have completed the id process! There are certainly quite a few new ticks for the year.
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