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What is it? Found on compost heap


  • Can anyone tell me what this is
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,854
    Caterpillar for the elephant hawk moth.  Treasure.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    Lucky you  @jan.clarke53 :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Aw it looks quite cute ! what is the yellow globule....dare i ask :)
  • TenNTenN Posts: 184
    Must be the season, found one on the path the other day and then fished one out of the pond yesterday.
  • It is an Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpiller, in defence mode, stand back and let it revert to its normal shape.
  • Thank you all for letting me know what this strange little fella was, for something so scary looking it turns into a beautiful moth. 
    Nature is wonderful. 
    P.s I wasn’t to sure about the yellow globule either.
  • Don't know what the yellow globule is, I have several photos of that caterpillar, from home and from the Parc Slip nature reserve at Tondu, South Wales.
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