Monday, 17 August 2015

What on Earth is it?

On Saturday Gizmo was poking about with something in the garden.  I thought he was toying with a field mouse or a grasshopper and almost freaked out upon investigation when I saw the creature pictured above!  It looked as though it was going to launch itself at me!

Well, thank goodness for Google images where I quickly identified the 'alien'.  It turns out that it is an Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar.  I am so happy that it isn't a sinister creature but apparently they will strip the leaves from your fuchsia bush overnight if you have one!

I  hope that it finds a safe spot to pupate, away from predators.  I would dearly love to see it in its adult form next spring.  You can see what it looks like in adult form here.

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7 comments:

sharon said...

Wow, what an interesting visitor to your garden space. Glad Gizmo and the caterpillar only had a close encounter and nothing more. Best of luck to spot it in its new form next spring.
You DO have such interesting things going on in your garden! Happy week.

Rosie said...

Oh, my goodness it looks like a little animal of some kind doesn't it? What a strange encounter that must have been - I hope you see the moth next year:)

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh wow, what an amazing creature!! Good job you got to it before Gizmo ate it!
It turns into a beautiful moth, fingers crossed you get to see it!
V x

Ethel Johnson said...

The fuchsia killer
caterpillar
pupates to moth
Then eats your cloth.

I saw one on our buddleia last year, thought it was a bird it was so big!

All good now, thanks for asking. xx

Anne Butera said...

Wow, that's amazing. It does look like an alien, or rather, it looks like a slug with a bat's face. I think I would have been a bit disconcerted by it, too!

Judy Hartman said...

This is why I don't garden!! (aside from a bad back!) I am unfortunately very fearful of bugs, worms and creatures like this - probably because my brothers would chase me with such things when growing up!! :) xx

Lyn said...

I hope you get to see the moth they are stunning we had one in our greenhouse a couple of years ago. xxx