A couple of weeks ago my son called me into the garden because this weird creature was laying on the garden path. It was about 3 inches long and from the front had a face just like a snake. Being unsure what it was my son prodded it into a jar and took it out to a safe place in the front garden. Strangely enough Maureen found another one a few days later in almost the same place.
A quick search on Google discovered that it is the caterpillar of the Elephant Hawk Moth and is one that raises more enquiries to wildlife groups than almost any other insect. More details of the creature and what it looks like when it turns into a moth can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deilephila_elpenor
Our local paper, the Loughborough/Shepshed Echo, has a page reserved for pictures of unusual wildlife found in peoples gardens and this picture made the top of the page last Friday I'm pleased to say.
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