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Elephant Hawk Moth

Elephant Hawk Moth

 

 

 

The Elephant Hawk Moth can be found throughout Britain and Ireland. The adults are seen from May to July and the caterpillars from July to September. It has a typically wing span of 50–70 mm (2.0–2.8 inches). It is spectacularly coloured, shimmer with green and red when in motion. Humans are not very good at seeing in the dark but many animals are active at night and can see what we can’t see. One champion among them is the Elephant Hawk Moth. It flies around in the middle of the night in search of flowers such as Honeysuckles and Petunias and drinks their nectar, hovering in front of them like a hummingbird. The adults have been shown to be capable of making colour discriminations at night-time levels of illumination. The adult moths are eaten by some species of bats.