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unknown bug - Deilephila elpenor

unknown bug - Deilephila elpenor
West Coast, British Columbia, Canada
August 21, 2012
Size: 2 1/2 - 3"

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unknown bug - Deilephila elpenor unknown bug - Deilephila elpenor

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I cropped both of your images.

According to Tuttle in The Hawk Moths of North America (2007), D. elpenor larvae have never been found in NA. I do not know if they have been found since 2007, but this is certainly the first larval report that I have seen. I will inform Bill Oehlke about this sighting as I am sure he would be interested. Again, nice find, D. elpenor is an introduced species (from Europe and Asia) that shows up sporadically as adult moths in Western BC.

Nice find, Deilephila elpenor
This is the introduced Deilephila elpenor, the first larval images in the guide.

image use
Thanks for posting sighting and images of Deilephila elpenor in British Columbia.
I wish permission to post images of larva, credited to you, to
Bill Oehlke at

Deilephila elpenor
by all means you have my permission. My name is Marcia Hotvedt, from Maple Ridge British Columbia

Deilephila elpenor image
I have posted image and documented sighting of deilephila elpenor larva at
Image also appears on elpenor file, linked from above page, and on
the BC Larval Sphingidae thumbnail checklist, also linked from above page.
Bill Oehlke

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