This one was found in the woods of northern Poland. It was about 5 cm long and crawling pretty dynamically. For me it seemed a little too big for a butterfly larva.


What is it called?


It's an elephant hawk-moth, Deilephila elpenor. Here is an image from Wikipedia to compare with:

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    $\begingroup$ Agreed; that's definitely it. Since OP saw it in Poland I don't know if a (British) 20p will be helpful for scale; for non-UK readers, the coin is 21.4mm in diameter so size is spot-on. $\endgroup$ – arboviral Jul 31 '16 at 22:05

I think it is the larva of the sphinx purple butterfly.



Size of the larva is arround 70 mm

  • $\begingroup$ I haven't heard it called that before but from the photo it sounds like this is an alternative common name for Deilephila elpenor. Nice photos! $\endgroup$ – arboviral Aug 1 '16 at 11:47

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