Friday, 3 June 2016

Giant caterpillar


This meaty fellow fell into the pool today. We watched him slither in and pulled him out immediately but he had time to pose for a photo before he was sent back to the garden.  He is a quite beautiful, more like a moving cactus.  Does anyone know what he is? 


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  1. Good morning Annie. It is Saturnia pyri - Viennese Emperor Moth, Europe's largest. Here's a link to a blog post http://archersofokcular.com/the-emperors-new-clothes/

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    1. I knew you would know, I so should I.

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  2. The lesser spotted car-key eater.

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    1. I was in a rush to find something to show the size. Car keys came to hand first. I have a photo of the moth somewhere with my mobile phone ( an old Nokia) which was smaller than the moth/

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  3. I think that it is an Aristole's silk moth - if you look here may be you can check it out.
    http://naturedocumentaries.org/9951/aristotle-silkworm-saturnia-pyri-endemic-liquidambar-forest/
    At least it is much more benign than the other little fellows that you showed us - the Processionary caterpillars.

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    1. I was still very careful, I didn't want to risk getting stung. Mark and Jolee have a friend that picked up processionary moths and ended up in hospital.

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  4. My goodness, what an interesting creature! Looks like there are little Turkish blue eyed beads dotted around him :)

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    1. I looks just like a big decorated bead, Ozlem

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  5. Count on Alan to have the right answer. He's a beauty.

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