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Caterpillar

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:00 pm
by les
I found this creature today on the pavement, I put it somewhere safe. It will become a Vine hawk moth.
What a beauty!
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Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:13 pm
by philthehill

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:18 pm
by les
Yes Phil, I was surprised after doing some research, that the species found its way from hotter climates. I think I have seen the actual moth before with pink areas on its body. It makes me think about life. Why would anyone want to destroy it. Further info from an organisation I contacted earlier, and have just received, suggests it may in fact be an Elephant hawk moth caterpillar, which resembles an elephants trunk. Both caterpillars are quite similar.

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:36 pm
by SteveClem
I think that the mock eye spots are to make it look like a snake, to deter predators. Nature is quite amazing.

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:30 pm
by StillGotMy1stCar
Snap!
Taken last year almost to the day. I added a tape measure for scale.
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Coincidentally I have only ever taken one photo of a moth and that was 40 years ago and it was a lovely pink Hawk Moth.
Regards John

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:12 am
by irmscher
I would love to see it evolve into a moth.

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:26 am
by les
Well would you believe it ! Thanks for posting John, made my day. :D
A moth emerging, yes an incredible thing.

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:41 am
by geoberni
The only time I've seen one of those was about 5-6 yrs ago, it was on the plants in my pond. No sign of it the next day, perhaps it became a snack...
Huge thing, size of a man's finger.

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:45 am
by irmscher
Les a moth emerging where :-?

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:32 am
by Nickol
I have not seen one this year but in the last few years our garden here in central Germany has been visited by what Looks like a small hummingbird but is in fact an insect which normally lives in southern Europe but when the weather is warm enough, sometimes get across the alps. I did take a Picture but cannot find it at the Moment - later perhaps.

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:33 am
by panky
Sounds like a humming bird hawk moth, we had one sipping from a lavender plant early in the summer - in the Northwest of England :) I took a short video, I'll see if I can post it.

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:04 am
by panky
Not very clear as shot through the french windows on my phone, but there it is. Can't embed the vid so here's the link.

https://i.imgur.com/tGyVWaM.mp4

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:47 pm
by Plin
:D Wow what lovely photos and video captures of natures beauties. The caterpillars are marvellous but the little insect resembling a humming bird is awesome. Thanks for posting them.

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:53 pm
by les
It captures nature doing its own thing, nice to see, I didn’t realise there was a moth that could hover like that. So many species to wonder at, all have their place and interact to help the planet survive. Pity we can’t join them.

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:53 pm
by StillGotMy1stCar
Amazing, just like a mini humming bird, thanks for posting that Mr Attenborough, oops I mean Panky

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:36 pm
by irmscher
That's a brilliant video and a lovely creature :)

Re: Caterpillar

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:11 pm
by panky
It's amazing what a slightly wild garden with a variety of flowers and a pond attracts. Make your own micro ecosystem and sit back to watch. Sometimes quite scary as well, like the time a female sparrow hawk took a wood pigeon off the garage roof and crash landed right in front of the wife :o