A rare treat indeed! Not one, not two but three Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillars. All rescued from the attentions of the cats this afternoon, and carefully relocated out of harm’s way. Caterpillar 1. Caterpillar 2. Caterpillar 3. I contemplated bringing them indoors to raise them but as I have done this before I decided to … More Leading you up the Garden Path
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. … More Look What The Cat Dragged In
Citrus Swallowtail caterpillar in defensive posture. When feeling threatened, as is the case here, the caterpillar will extend this impressive double branched horn-like protuberance to ward off attackers. In this instance the threat was moi as I was attempting to gently lift the caterpillar from the leaf it was on to relocate it. As I … More Feeling a little horny?
Citrus Swallowtail Caterpillar. He is currently living in a large 5ltr bottle on my desk, safe and sound and away from any potential predators. I’m not sure when he will pupate but when he does there will be photos. Ark
This is the Citrus Swallowtail caterpillar I removed from the potted lemon tree by the pond and brought inside. I found one last year and, unfortunately, a day later so did a Praying Mantis. Now in a safer, more controlled environment, maybe we’ll have better luck this year. Citrus Swallowtail – First larval form . … More What a difference a day makes!