Seen an elephant fly?

This handsome chap is a elephant hawk moth, so called because the caterpillar has one end that looks like a trunk. The kids at Lydford primary school hatched out ‘squidgy’ last week after 5 moths of caring for him as a pupa. Squidgy was a Christmas present to the kids from the rangers at Lydford gorge and along with their teacher Sue have done us proud.

Elephant hawk moths are native to the UK, my girlfriend and I found this one in the early autumn looking for a place to pupate, squidgy had a releasing ceremony last Friday and is once again a ‘wild’ moth!

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