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Elephant Hawk-moth larva
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Posted By: wowtip, 08-21-2010, 12:16 PM

We fond this guy in the garden this summer. after a bit of googling I found out that it is a Elephant Hawk-moth larva (Deilephila elpenor). A big bugger, more than 7 cm long (almost 3 inches), one of the bigger larva you can find in Sweden.

Here he is happily resting on my foot, when put back in the plant we found him he continued to chew away like nothing out of the ordinary had happened.



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Fantastic shot! I'd never let something like that crawl on my foot, even if it was for the sake of a kick-ass photo

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super capture!! amazing that this creature, in this form, will someday be a moth.... dave m
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Thanks you for your kind remarks! It is a very gentle and kind of cute larva, so I didn't mind too much. It actually tried to gnaw the hair on my foot.

But there is a green variant of these larva, as far as I understand it is the same species, but younger ones. They thrash around violently when you tough them and try to get you with the "stinger" on the back. Quite intimidating.

When they get closer to the chrysalis state, they change colour into what we see here and change behavior to mimic a snake when threatened. From what I have read...

Here is a non macro which gives a hint of the size and also shows the stinger at the back.



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Nice shot!

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Fantastic shot! I'd never let something like that crawl on my foot, even if it was for the sake of a kick-ass photo
I don't think they eat feet?
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