Big Eyes! (Elephant Hawk-Moth Caterpillar)

lezvee

South Brent,, United Kingdom

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I found this in my garden when I was weeding yesterday. I think it might be a Hawk Moth Caterpillar. I moved it onto the trowel to give a sense of size. Does anyone have any other ideas as to it’s identity?
Devon, England.

Thanks to Deb Vincent and Margaret Stevens for identifying this as an ELEPHANT HAWK-MOTH CATERPILLAR and to Margaret for a web link which gives this information:
There are two different forms, one which is bright green, and one which is olive-brown. Both types feature the characteristic ‘eye’ markings, and of course the trunk-like snout at the head end which give the creatures their name. This species is common in gardens where they gorge themselves on fuchsia stems and leaves. Towards the end of August they’re about fully grown, and so they’re much more obvious. When they’re ready to pupate they move down to the ground and shelter under dry leaves and bark.(http://www.uksafari.com/08elephants.htm)

Camera used: Pentax K30

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