Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor

Elephant Hawk-moth
Elephant Hawk-moth
Elephant Hawk-moth, Totteridge Fields, Northwest London; one of the largest and most attractive of all UK moths with its bright pink colouring.
Elephant Hawk-moth Colours in natural daylight above. Wingspan 45-60mm; UK flight time May-Jul.
Elephant Hawk-moth The Hawk-moth gets its "Elephant" name not because of its size (all hawk-moths are large) but from its caterpillar that imitates an elephant's trunk, but with amazing "eye" markings to deter predators (see link below).