Elephant Hawk Moth larvae feeding on policeman's helmet (Impatiens glandulifera). Photo by
According to Schmidt, the Elephant Hawk Moth "has become quite widespread in the lower mainland since its introduction in the mid 1990's. They are well-established and numerous in some areas."
Both the moth species and the host plant are introduced species in BC and Canada.
Identification of the moth larvae was made by Chris Schmidt.
Identification of the plant in the photo was made by Andrée Bernard and Jamie Fenneman.
View the atlas page for the Elelphant Hawk Moth.
View the atlas page for Impatiens glandulifera.
Patrick McKay is a Vancouver-based landscaper.