Elephant hawk-moth

Description
When threatened, elephant hawk-moth larvae rear up like a snake and use their very obvious eyespots to startle predators. To preserve this larva, its insides have been squeezed out and then the skin blown up like a baloon.
Accession Loan No.
53/1976/72
Collection Class
Arthropods
Common Name
elephant hawk-moth
Simple Name
insect: moth
Full Name
SPHINGIDAE: Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758): elephant hawk-moth
Dimensions
length 60 mm
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Holcroft, Mr C W
Phylum
ARTHROPODA
Family
SPHINGIDAE
Genus
Deilephila
Species
elpenor

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