Do you remember some time ago I posted a picture which I’d taken of an elephant hawk moth that I found in my garden?
I’d always wondered if there were any more about, it was such a magnificent creature, and a large patch of rose bay willow herb grows right behind my garden (it’s caterpillar food source).
Well, yesterday, look what I found crawling across my patio!
A truly fantastic caterpillar, who was on a mission.
It was nearly 3 inches in length, and totally unwilling to stay put on the willow herb I put it on to take the picture, preferring to dangle itself off the end and drop onto the floor, I think it was trying to find a suitable place to pupate. It was very hard to capture it in a photo, these are the best I managed!
I left it undisturbed in a quiet place on the ground under the willow herb, I hope to see it flying around next year.
Just think how much it must have eaten?
Here are the pictures of the elephant hawk moth itself.