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Elephant Hawk Moth Portrait by Sarahorsomeone Elephant Hawk Moth Portrait by Sarahorsomeone
A face-on macro photograph of an Elephant Hawk Moth (Deilephila elpenor).

His name is Eric if anyone is interested. I got him as a caterpillar last year, I overwintered him as a pupa and this morning he emerged as a moth. Providing it's not tipping down with rain I'll release him this evening.

EDIT: Thanks so much for the Daily Deviation! Thanks also to everyone for all the lovely comments and the favourites; I can't reply to everyone individually but rest assured I have read every comment and really appreciate it. I'm just making an attempt to reply to people with specific questions at the moment.

FAQ (because I'm struggling to keep up with all the messages I've had since this was made a DD)

Is this really his natural colour?

Yes, elephant hawk moths are actually pink and green (the colour shown). This colour allows them to blend in with the leaves and buds of honeysuckle (the favourite food plant of the adult moths, they drink the nectar).

I shoot all my photographs in RAW so I have to choose saturation level as part of processing the RAW file into a JPEG, but I tried to keep the colours true to life.

Why is he called Eric?

1. He was named after Eric Carle, the man who wrote and illustrated "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".
2. Eric starts with an E for elephant hawk moth.
3. I thought it would be amusing to give a caterpillar a human-sounding name (and he needed a name because 'my elephant hawk moth caterpillar' was somewhat of a mouthful)

Why are elephant hawk moths called elephant hawk moths?

He might not look like an elephant now, but the caterpillars have a trunk-like mouth, and that's how the moth gets its name.

What parts of the world are they found in?

Well this one is from England, but according to Wikipedia: "The species is found throughout Britain and Ireland. Its range extends across Europe, Russia, and into China, northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, Japan and Korea (though not Taiwan). Introduced specimens have been found in British Columbia." Wikipedia page here: [link]
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Given 2012-06-07
:iconcanelarose:
CanelaRose Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, what a stunning moth!
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unknownsmilyart1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awe :3
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Albus-Raven Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017   Photographer
Fabulous!
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:iconmangleorchid:
MangleOrchid Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
So pretty, awesome photo
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Astra321123 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I remember, when i saw this moth in grass in middle of a day. I had no idea what it was, but i simply fell in love with it, it looked so adorable and fluffy! :D
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Loumun-Versen Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ow, that's a great coincidence, I found one of those unexpected creatures on my mailbox just yesterday night while coming back from on party x) I didn't know how they were called and I though it looked like a Moro Sphynx at first but I quickly saw it was one, considering I only saw Moro in the South while I'm living in the North of France.

Great picture, I love the head of those big moth, it's cute! >w<
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:iconcool4dude:
cool4dude Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Such a fascinating creature!
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:iconkarredroses:
KarRedRoses Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Artist
Stunning! A very handsome animal. 
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:iconsarahorsomeone:
Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconssabbath:
ssabbath Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
So cool! Really different colors! Superb shot!
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:iconsarahorsomeone:
Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconroudykit:
Roudykit Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I once found a hawk moth. It was injured though, possibly by the nest of robins I saw him near.
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:iconsarahorsomeone:
Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a shame. Though I think they only live about a week anyway.
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:iconmarkie2k:
markie2k Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
fantastic shot!
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Erozja Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Hi! :wave:

Your :iconawesome-plz: work has been FEATURED IN MY JOURNAL here: [link] :iconmyheartplz:

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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure I found one of these sitting on a chain link fence while I was walking to work one day. I put my finger under it and it climbed on, it sat in my hand for a few seconds before pooping all over me and flying away. :(
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This one pooped all over me when I got it to climb on my hand too. Its hooked feet were also suprisingly uncomfortable. I don't think I'll pick any up in future. ;-)
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isischneider Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Photographer
wow,wonderful shot.
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:iconsarahorsomeone:
Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks
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:iconeddie-chan:
Eddie-chan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
He's beautiful!
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Raxel-Kurai-Rokoro Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student
awww these are the most beautiful moths~~
i took care of an elephant hawk moth caterpillar a few years back and took it to Norfolk and back for a week on holiday, named him Munchie ^^ hehe, then he hatched one evening and i let him go, :3 it was so sweet, i really want to look after one again~~ :')
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charli-art Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow he's so pretty! I never knew we had such colourful bugs in England! :D
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PKFR-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! This is just amazing.
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dreamlandcody Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This picture is soo awesome :)
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CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow beautiful shot!
I actually saw one of these in Germany a couple of years back! :O
I thought it was a mutant :iconpokerface--plz:
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks

Why did you think it was a mutant, because of the really unnatural looking colours?
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CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think that was why xD
I had never seen anything like it. (I'm from Denmark and we are not exactly know for our wildlife!)xD
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pqphotography Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:love: Featured in my journal [link] :love:
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hellou4 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Hah! Amazing :D
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cerulean88 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
I saw a yellow and dark green one before, no idea why wiki didn't mention that they could be found in South East Asia too, they are gorgeous and so incredibly cute! I adore them. :heart: great shot! I love it! ^^
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LadyxWinter Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really nice shot,very beautiful.

Congratulations and enjoy it :clap:
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Tails-155 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here :D

Be sure to check out the others and maybe favorite a few pics!
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ravensdad Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
WOW!!
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Hermy-one Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww he's adorbs. I love moths, I pet the big fuzzy ones on my walls when they sleep during the day, everyone is like ewww, but they are really soft
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can say I ever petted Eric, I'm not sure he'd have appreciated it. I did have him sitting on my hand at one point though... but he pooed all over me :-/.
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AmaranthusSanctus Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous portrait! The colors are amazing. Cool reading that it is the natural color!

Congrats on the DD!
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black-ronin1228 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Elephant Moth looks angry, LOL! Beautiful creature, though!
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:iconpadfoot-never-died:
padfoot-never-died Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS.
Beautiful. Stunning. Vivid.
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Caleb9849 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Gorgeous! I love moths, and this one is beautiful. :)
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xxxDeadlypinkxxx Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He looks like hes related to the Tersa Sphinx? is he?
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe sphinx moths and hawk moths are quite closely related, both in the same family Sphingidae. Although technically speaking all organisms are related to each other somewhere along the line ^_^.
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xxxDeadlypinkxxx Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought so! Thanks! :)
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Child-Of-The-Tardis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Shouldn't he be called Eric the Half A Moth? (Prays to the gods you're a Pythonist*
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:iconsarahorsomeone:
Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not a Pythonist, but I am aware of the sketch you're referring too ;-)
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Child-Of-The-Tardis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Ah good. After three: ~La di di, a one two three! Eric the half an Elephant moth!~... hmmm... doesn't quiiiiiite fit...
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Child-Of-The-Tardis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I thought it was an scanning electron microscope photo at first!
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Goodness, it's a fairly big moth ;-), no need for scanning electron microscopes (although if I had a few million pounds to spare I wouldn't mind one of those....).
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Child-Of-The-Tardis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I live in England and haven't seen one so I wouldn't know :D It was the colours that made me think it was taken with a SEM
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, he does have a slightly false colour effect. I also live in England and so does Eric assuming nothing has eaten him by now. :)
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