Sunday, October 18, 2009

[jules' pics] 10/17/2009 11:52:00 PM

caterpillar, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

Disconcertingly, this was moving from left to right. So, it seems there is an evolutionary advantage to dressing strangely and giving the impression that you keep your brains in your bum. That must be the explanation for modern celebrity culture ....and I suppose it makes me the bug paparazzi.

[taken outside our house. Maybe some sort of swallowtail caterpillar - it was huge - around 8cm long]

Posted By jules to jules' pics at 10/17/2009 11:52:00 PM


andrewt said...

The dorsal horn and size indicate a Hawk Moth (Sphingdae) maybe Hippotion rosetta

James Annan said...

Close guess, but googling suggests it is more likely Theretra oldenlandiae (which I got through a page with someone else suggesting your answer, so thanks!).

andrewt said...

I knew I'd seen a caterpillar like it before - T. oldenlandiae looks a good match.
It was probably looking for somewhere to pupate.