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we were walking around Newport in Shropshire and noticed this on the ground by the car. Didn't look real but appeared to move head up and down. Wasn't able to do any more investigation but got this photo.
This is the caterpillar of an elephant hawk moth, Deilephila elpenor
You'd never guess what a wonderfully-gaudy creature the adult would turn out to be!
We are getting quite a few of these for ID in recent days.
Excellent thank you, will show my daughter who spotted it what it turns into she will be so impressed.