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• Littleborough, Lancashire • ©
Wingspan 45-60 mm.
The English name of this moth is derived from the caterpillar's fanciful resemblance to an elephant's trunk.
The adults are attractively coloured pink and green affairs, with a streamlined appearance. They fly from May to July, visiting flowers such as honeysuckle (
) for nectar.
The larvae feed mainly on rosebay willowherb (
), but also other plants as well, including bedstraw (
It is a common species in most of Britain, including Scotland, where it has increased its range in recent years.
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