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What is this caterpillar please?

Observed: 4th August 2013 By: beckybutters
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Description:

This caterpillar was found just now at a cashpoint in town.It measures 6cm.I'd like to know what it will become and what it's ideal habitat will be.If it will be happy in our wildlife garden I will put it there.Thanks everyone(and hello from a newby).
Thanks,
Sarah

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Lime Hawk-Moth (Mimas tiliae) interacts

Comments

chrisbrooks's picture

Lime Hawk-moth

Usually green but just before they are ready to pupate they turn a greyish purple colour.

The blue horn and the yellow bit underneath have some significance. Please someone enlighten me on the yellow bit, I know it has a name but it's gone at present.

DD's picture

It needs to pupate by burying

It needs to pupate by burying itself so should be placed somewhere near soft earth.