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

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

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

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.