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Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor)

Taxonomy
Kingdom:Phylum:Class:Order:Family:Genus:Species:
AnimaliaArthropodaInsectaLepidopteraSphingidaeDeilephila D. elpenor


Hawk-moths are also known as Sphinx-moths (family:Sphingidae) and are among the biggest moths in Europe. In the Benelux alone there are four species of Hawk-moths reaching a span of well over 10 centimeters. The Elephant Hawk-moth is about half that size, but that means that it is just as big as the Peacock is! The colouring of the Elephant Hawk-moth is spectatular and seems to shimmer with green and red when in motion.



The carterpillar of the Elephant Hawk-moth is also stunning. Big 'eyes' on top of the body and the length of 7,5 cm make it an impressive and somewhat scary creature.
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