Hawk Moth caterpillars from near St. Gennys

Gill has sent in these two photos taken by a neighbour, Kate Holding, in a garden near St. Gennys.

One was on privet which gives us a huge clue; the other looks to be full grown and heading off to find somewhere safe to pupate over winter.

Privet Hawk moth caterpillar (KH)      Elephant Hawk moth caterpillar (KH)

Privet Hawk above; Elephant Hawk above right. Photographs taken by Kate Holding,  Thank you!