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Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:16 pm
by diablo
Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

I spotted what looked like a twig on the concrete near the pond in the back yard - then it moved. :eek4:

I turned it over with a proper twig and it has many sets of legs. The head part (right of pic) has almost an elephant like snout which can expand and contract. What surprised me was the size of the thing - nearly 3 inches long.

They may be common where you live but I've never seen one like this before. :):

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Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:42 pm
by Bryn
Hi - looks (and sounds) like an elephant hawk moth, beautiful insect!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deilephila_elpenor

Bryn

Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:49 pm
by diablo
Cheers Bryn, that must be it. :thumb: :):

They look fine as moths but not appealing as caterpillars.

p.s. welcome to the forum.

Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:27 pm
by smeggypants
Bryn wrote:Hi - looks (and sounds) like an elephant hawk moth, beautiful insect!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deilephila_elpenor

Bryn


welcome to the forum Bryn :cheers:

Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:58 pm
by Stanley Tweedle
I live in Bryn. :)
Welcome.

Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:15 pm
by wotsit2
yup bryn is right . they feed on privet i think . i saw a load of them last year when i was away in shrophire . i do have some piccies somewhere of them . i think they pupate underground

Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 3:09 pm
by wotsit2
the adult moth may look like this


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Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 4:07 pm
by Resonance
Stanley Tweedle wrote:I live in Bryn. :)
Welcome.


:eek: :eek:

Welcome Bryn :wave:

Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 4:56 pm
by Bryn
Hi all

Thanks for the welcomes! :wave:

Wotsit2, I believe the adult you posted a pic of is a Privet Hawk moth (Sphinx ligustri), see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privet_Hawk-moth , the caterpillar is quite different to Diablo's - very green.

If I can work out how to insert an image then I will stick an adult Elephant Hawk up, in my opinion they are even more beautiful than the Privet Hawk, but you can see one here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deilephila_elpenor

I am quite jealous, I have not seen one in around 25 years!

Thanks

Bryn

Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:01 pm
by wotsit2
cheers bryn . and welcome to smeggys :cheers:

Anyone identify this bit ugly caterpillar ?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:04 pm
by wotsit2
elephant hawk moth


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and caterpillar

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i stand corrected bryn :thumb: and call me wots :)

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:06 pm
by Bryn
If this works, this is an adult Elephant Hawk! :fingers_crossed:

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Thanks

Bryn

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:11 pm
by Bryn
Thanks Wots! And thanks for uploading the image (I can't figure it :chin: )

Yup, that's the fellow - gorgeous :)

Bryn

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:20 pm
by wotsit2
all you do is find the image you want by using , say google, copy the link for that image and then click on where it says IMG on here and paste the link inbetween [img][img] the cursor is already inbetween those :)