Elephant Hawk Moth at Lund University
16 Aug 2014.
Hortulus Farm, Wrightstown, Bucks Co, PA.
Found in a flower garden.
I always do a double take when I see one of these wondering where the little guys tail feathers went and then realize it is the moth and not the hummer!!!
We came across four caterpillers - three large brown ones and a smaller green one - on the remains of a potted arum lily plant in the garden. The larger caterpillars were approx. 100mm long and the smaller one about 60mm long.
The caterpillars completely ate the leaves of the plant within a day.
They seem to be from some sort of hawkmoth species. I hope to observe the pupation and emergence of the moths in due course.
Update... over a period of two days all four caterpillars disappeared before pupating - possibly predated by squirrels?
Along the main path