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Large caterpillar

Observed: 1st April 2010 By: goldy
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Large caterpillar about as thick as your little finger. Grey, with bright white markings at it's head end. Actually saw it in 2003.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Death's-head Hawk-moth (Acherontia atropos) interacts


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Elephant Hawkmoth

This is an Elephant Hawkmoth larvae

Colin Jacobs.
Wild Flower Society member

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Large caterpillar

Thanks for looking at this and coming up with an identification.

I wonder why the various instars have such strikingly different appearances? Perhaps so predators can't 'get their eye in'.

After goggling at photos of the Death's Head and the Elephant hawk moth lavae, I'm inclined to go for the Death's Head. The Elephant hawk moth's lava seems to have a diminished 'thoracic' region and this lava was the same thickness throughout. There again, what do I know?