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The caterpillar or larva of the Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) is about 3.0 in long, a mottled brown in colour with four “eyes” on its head. It appears to have the shape of a trunk-like snout when feeding and it is this elephant look, rather than its large size, that gives the moth its name. When startled, the caterpillar draws its trunk into its “head”. Its posture then resembles a snake with a large head and four large eye-like patches. The caterpillars are preyed upon by birds, but these shy away (at least for some time) from caterpillars in "snake" pose.| The adult moth typically has a wing span of 2.0 in – 3.0 in and is spectacularly coloured, seeming to shimmer with green and red when in motion.
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