Huge green caterpillar-any ideas (ID)?

Does anyone recognise this?
Found in the garden
Around 4 inch long, almost an inch thick
Bright lime green
Smooth, no hairs
White and purple stripes
Long black tail

Posts

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,020
    I think that one is the Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 2,584
    Privet hawk moth, eats privet, lilac and ash.
  • Thanks Nut! Just googled a pic and it is.!
    We have lots of privet so I guess it makes sense. I am slightly scared of such a monster caterpillar so I’ll put it under the (privet) hedge.
    You do know everything !
    Thank you!

  • Thanks too Buttercupdays (great name!) 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,368
    Wow!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,038
    Magnificent things aren't they?  I remember the first one I ever found ... in a cornfield underneath an ash tree ... I was about 11 years old  :)
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Amazing Dove yes, genuinely never seen one before, hence the post, can’t believe that thing will ever fly h ha! 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,038
     :D 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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