Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Death's Head Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Surely the craziest looking creature we've seen on one of our trips. This Death's Head Hawk Moth Caterpillar at Rainham Marshes was stunning. We also saw a Spotted Fly Catcher. A lifer for me. Whoopee!


Blogger Tony Morris said...

Fantastic Beast, I've never seen one or an adult, so I'm gripped. By the way, your frog noise (in Essex in June) might have been a Nightingale alarm call, they sound very frog like.

3 September 2007 07:40  
Blogger Matt said...

Thanks for the Nightingale tip off.
I'll listen for that next summer.

9 September 2007 20:51  
Blogger Alice said...

I spotted a death's head hawk moth caterpillar two days ago in northern France - in Normandy. My dog found it on a path and was intrigued. From where I was, I thought it was an adder! On closer inspection I could see it was a caterpillar, but i simply couldn't believe my eyes. It was the sheer size of the beast. No camera to hand, I sketched it and then as soon as I got home, googled it. There was no mistake. One of the most intriguing things I've ever seen.

15 August 2009 22:08  

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