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Who's this?????

I found this chap outside my gate. Anyone know what it is?

I went back for a second look and he'd goneimageimageimageimage

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 27,294

    Hi Lulu. Its an Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar. You are so lucky to have seen one.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Wow. Thanks Ladybird. I hope he wriggled away and didn't get eaten 

    I have to admit he looked a bit scary, too much like a snake for my liking.image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 27,294

    Their colouring is all bluff to put off predators like birds. The 'eyes' on the head end are what do it.

    imageHere is the adult.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Beautiful

  • The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 435

    From gruesome to gorgeous in one easy metamorphosis.

  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 3,304

    Amazing!

    I saw this one today, in my garden, think it might be a Pale Tussock Moth caterpillar.

    image

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
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