Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

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Found wandering on our drive this weird looking caterpillar was looking for somewhere to pupate. It will turn into a beautiful green and pink moth. To encourage moths and butterflies in your garden you need to provide good nectar plants and food plants for caterpillars. Butterflies also benefit from stones in sunny spots to bask on. Honeysuckle is good nectar plant for hawkmoths, it is pale in colour and scented at night so they can easily find it. It also provides large volumes of a weaker (less sticky) nectar than many bee pollinated flowers which means the nectar can be sucked up quickly while the moth hovers to feed. The caterpillars feed on a range of flowers including common garden plants like Fuchsias.

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