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Mystery solved: Minibeast found in Stokesby is an elephant hawk moth caterpillar

PUBLISHED: 09:44 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:55 26 November 2015

The mystery creature, discovered by Mr Wharton of Stokesby. Submitted

The mystery creature, discovered by Mr Wharton of Stokesby. Submitted

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The bizarre looking creature found by an Eastern Daily Press reader has been identified as an elephant hawk moth caterpillar.

The creature, which in appearance looks like a cross between a snake and a caterpillar, was discovered by Edward Wharton in October, on his yard in Stokesby.

The Eastern Daily Press launched a social media campaign today to help Mr Wharton identify the creature, with several of our readers suggesting that the creature was the larva of an elephant hawk moth.

This identification was confirmed on Twitter by Norfolk Wildlife Crime and Rural Officers.

20 comments

  • Jiblian: Aw don't be so hard on yourself. We don't think 'you lot' are idiots do we everyone?

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    One Horse Town

    Friday, November 27, 2015

  • It is a shame that much of the population of Norfolk and Suffolk are blissfuly unaware of the rich and varied wildlife we have on our doorstep. The EDP needs to get someone on board who can present these stories in an informative way without making us all look like idiots. There are no doubt lots of naturalist folk out there shaking their heads at this piece.

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    Jiblian

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • It's not as bad as you think OHT, the name is derived from two surnames in a quiz team. As for the comment, if that's what you're asking, the difference between a naturist and a naturalist is cavernous!

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    crunchy dick

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • CD (I can't bring myself to write your full name). Why? Is that how you got your name?

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    One Horse Town

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • How did this become a news story??

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    Realistic Rob

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Well, One Horse Town, if you want to watch the wildlife with no clothes on, then fine. For me, it's a bit too cold.

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    crunchy dick

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Yes it's definitely a hawkmoth don't you know. Boring! Come on everyone lets have some more silly suggestions and wind up the Naturists.

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    One Horse Town

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Yes a hawkmoth caterpillar, I think they change their look to replicate a snake if they feel threatened.

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    lottie lou

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Definitely an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpiller and a late one too, as they tend to disappear by the end of September.

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    David Ashley

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Argosium offerum. That's an Argos offer in toys section for all you commoners.

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    One Horse Town

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • When it comes to natural history I haven't got a clue but if you google ispot there's a forum on there to identify all sorts.

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    Green Ink from Tunbridge Wells

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • I think you'll find that's a draught excluder

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    Keith

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Is it a snake?

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    Horowitz!

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Well I didn't know what it was and was fascinated when I googled Elephant Hawkmoth. A very interesting picture.

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    Ruby

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Adam Kemp

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Took one look and instantly thought "Hawkmoth" - it's not exactly an uncommon site in the UK is it?! Love the journalism on here though "looks like a cross between a caterpillar and a snake". Err, no, it looks exactly like a caterpillar - most probably because it is one!

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    Adam Kemp

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Let me guess: it stopped moving for a few days after turning into a strange silky bundle, then it flew away!

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Who are these people ? Do they have no knowledge of the fauna and flora of this country ? As Wymspen says, it's a caterpillar. If it looks like a caterpillar and moves like a caterpillar, then it probably is a caterpillar - for goodness sake. As for saying it is bizarre, words fail me.......

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    crunchy dick

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • http:www.uksafari.comelephanthm.htm Elephant Hawk moth.

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    wurley

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Elephant hawkmoth caterpillar - Deilephila elpenor

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    Wymspen

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

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