31 August 2010

Marooned Hawk-moth

Richard Pryce sent me this image taken in his Pwll (Llanelli) garden pond of an Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor)caterpillar that found itself marooned after eating the leaves of plant it had used as a bridge! Personally I have never seen or heard of Bog-bean (Menyanthes trifoliata) being used as a foodplant by this species, the more usual plants being FuchsiaGalium and Epilobium.

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