One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large pinkish hawkmoth with greenish-bronze markings. The foreparts of the caterpillar have eyespots and sometimes resemble an elephant's trunk.
Genus Deilephila, family Sphingidae: several species, in particular the common D. elpenor
- ‘This past March this column noted the first-ever evidence of an animal - the elephant hawkmoth - seeing color by night.’
- ‘The elephant hawkmoth locates flowers in the dark of night and feeds on their nectar.’
- ‘The large elephant hawk-moth is one of our more brightly coloured moths.’
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