Scary creature Not a plant

eeeww Just found my dog with this wiggly creature. Anyone know what it is?




  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    It looks like a caterpillar of the hawkmoth group, maybe a Poplar Hawkmoth, which is a stunning-looking moth.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    There is another caterpillar that belongs to the Eyed Hawkmoth, which has a blue horn on its body. Is that a blue horn that is in the picture? Unfortunately I can't enlarge the photo. If so, the Eyed Hawkmoth is even more beautiful than the Poplar Hawkmoth. Both caterpillars live on Willow and Poplar and sometimes Apple trees. If you still have it, you can put it on one of those plants for it to turn into a thing of beauty.image

  • Waterbutts. Yes it does have a blue horn and it was on the grass close to an apple tree. So, mystery solved. Thank you!

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Lucky you, have you seen what the moth looks like? Fantastic!

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569
    thats wot i calls a result nice one Water
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,728 

    Fabulous pics here!  You lucky thing - green with envy here !image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Looks like a Hummingbird Hawkmoth caterpillar. We  had one on our willow tree,and were very excited,watching it for several weeks, then came home one afternoon about a fortnight ago to find it had disappeared,can only assume taken by a bird. image

  • moth probably emerged while you weren't watching! I've only ever seen one Hummingbird Hawkmoth.Years ago, on a summer's day, I had the kitchen door open to the garden and was busy cooking/cleaning or something with my back turned to the window. Suddenly I heard frantic flapping. Expecting to see a bird, I was astonished to see a huge, colourful moth flapping at the kitchen window. I had to catch it with a colander, it was so big. Successfully released it in the garden and watched it fly away, like a bird. Caterpillars are so cleverly camouflaged you are really lucky to have spotted one!

  • I watched this beauty mumching its way through a euphorbia this spring - after a bit of googling it turned out to be the Euphorbia hawk moth!


     we weatched fascinated for several days, but never saw the final resultant moth!

  • wow! must look out for this next year. I have lots of euphorbia. I'm sure there must be lots of interesting beasties in my garden but I tend to be focussed on seeking out lily beetles and at the moment, avoiding the spiders' webs. Also tend to just see red when I see yet another plant that has been devastated by slugs and snails image

  • hmm. a similar beautiful caterpillar is the verbascum hawk moth - but they did not seem to be too devastating to my verbascums this year, despite being named as public enemy no 1 on this forum!  The one shown above did virtually no damage - but then euphorbias are prertty tough cookies.

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