Look What The Cat Dragged In

Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar (Acherontia atropos)


After a fairly hurried photo shoot – not wanting to stress the caterpillar, and a quick Google search for info- it was deposited in one of the cut transparent 5 ltr water bottles I use for seedlings atop of some potato leaves and about three inches of dirt.

After subjecting the leaves to a cursory rummage it proceeded to dig into the dirt and within a minute had successfully burrowed ”underground” out of sight, where it will remain for around 20 days according to the site I found, when afterwards it will emerge as a Death’s Head Hawkmoth!

Something to look forward to in the New Year.




12 thoughts on “Look What The Cat Dragged In

  1. eeeeuwwww
    that said, it is interesting. We have a similar critter here, only ours is bright green, and it’s our tomato hornworm. I can’t kill ’em, they’re too squishy, so I take photos and then attach them to maple tree leaves. The moths are much too pretty, and even if the hornworm devours a tomato (and you can actually hear them chewing) , the loss of a tomato is worth the moth afterwards.

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  2. Fascinating! How deep do they burrow Ark? I’m curious to know how much the emerging moth must push through. Also, what is that protrusion out of its rear-end? Or would that be from the hips? What is the purpose of the protrusion and could you demonstrate for all of us (live or frame by frame images) how it works? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ˆ


    1. Dunno. I just looked and it has resurfaced from the dirt and is sitting on the potato leaves, Tres odd.
      The sticky-out bit on it’s rear is to confuse /ward off potential predators I presume.

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      1. Goodness, it’s already resurfaced? Did it find the soil too… umm, salty Red with no room to grow? Too many MU Red Devil, Toffee, Gunner, Spurs, and Blues corpses and bones? Too many Anfield trophies perhaps? ๐Ÿ˜‰

        If you continue searching for the purpose of that anal protrusion Ark, please inform us with your live demonstration! Inquiring minds wanna know. ๐Ÿ˜

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  3. The size of the bugger! Well captured, you’re very kind to think of the stress these wee creatures can feel when handled. The God of Moths will never smite you now.

    – Esme friends with all the animal Gods barring the God of Sloths who never returns her calls.


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