I found this chap outside my gate. Anyone know what it is?
I went back for a second look and he'd gone
Hi Lulu. Its an Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar. You are so lucky to have seen one.
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.
Their colouring is all bluff to put off predators like birds. The 'eyes' on the head end are what do it.
Here is the adult.
From gruesome to gorgeous in one easy metamorphosis.
I saw this one today, in my garden, think it might be a Pale Tussock Moth caterpillar.