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I found a very interesting caterpillar. It's 5 cm long and looks like a snake. I discoved it in a greenhouse on a vine in the Czech Republic.

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I found two types: a green one and a brown one, both with same length.

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What species is it?

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Looks like the larvae of an elephant hawk moth (Deilephila elpenor).

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Green Variant. ©2005 Henk Wallays (CC BY-NC 3.0)

Description: typically brown-gray color with black dots along length of body. Young larvae are yellowish-white or green, but some mature larvae also can be green colored. Fully-grown caterpillars reach 7.62 cm in length.

  • Have a backward curving spine or "horn" on the final abdominal segment.

D. elpenor variation

D. elpenor color variation. Source: A.R. Pittaway & I.J. Kitching

Range: Most common in central Europe and is distributed throughout the palearctic region.

Habitat: variety: including rough grassland, heathland, sand dunes, hedgerows, woodland, open countryside, and even urban gardens.

Source: Wikipedia

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