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Olifantsrups
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Copyright: juliette gribnau (juliettegribnau) Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 32] (400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus OMD M5, Olympus Digital 12x50mm, 1:5.3-6.3 EZ
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-02 0:41
Viewed: 1024
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Larva of "Deilephila elpenor", known as the Elephant Hawk-moth, is a large moth of the Sphingidae family

The species is found throughout Britain and Ireland. Its range extends across Europe, Russia, and into China, northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, Japan and Korea (though not Taiwan). Introduced specimens have been found in British Columbia. In most of their range, the adults are seen from May to July and the caterpillars from July to September, when they pupate. However in some parts of the Mediterranean and China the adults may be seen from April on, sometimes having two broods in a year.

The larva is about 75 millimetres (3.0 in) long, green and brown in colour. Like most hawk moth caterpillars, they have a backward curving spine or "horn" on the final abdominal segment. The anterior of the caterpillar appears to have the shape of a trunk-like snout. It is this elephant look, rather than its large size, that gives the moth its name. When startled, the caterpillar draws its trunk into its foremost body segment. This posture resembles a snake with a large head and four large eye-like patches. Caterpillars are preyed upon by birds, but these shy away (at least for some time) from caterpillars in "snake" pose. It is not known whether the birds take the caterpillar to actually resemble a snake, or are frightened by the sudden change of a familiar prey item into an unusual and boldly-patterned shape.

The preferred food plants of the caterpillar are willowherb (Epilobium) and bedstraw (Galium), though it will also take fuchsias.


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Excellent capture of this Hawk moth larva.Beautiful color pattern.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6551 W: 89 N: 15640] (65417)
  • [2014-09-02 9:55]

Salut Juliette,quelle chance le rencontrer et quelle classe dans le capturer,une image vraiment excellente malgre' la difficile lumiere,les couleurs et les details sont parfaicts! Mes compliments et belle soiree',Luciano

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