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I found this fat caterpillar in the garden yesterday, and brought him in for a photoshoot before releasing him back outside. I love the big “eyes” on his back which make him look so much more fearsome! His actual head and eyes are right at the front, and tiny. Trouble is, I don’t know what kind of caterpillar he is … does anyone know? I found him crawling on bark chips.

Update September 2010 – this seems to be the Vine Hawk-Moth or Silver-striped Hawk-Moth (Hippotion celerio) caterpillar, see here.

Canon 40D, Canon 60mm macro lens, tripod.

This image featured in 1:1 Macro Photography in Feb 2010. Many thanks moderators!

And a feature today in What on Earth is This? in Sep 2010. Thank you!

A feature today in 100% group.Thanks moderators!

And yet another feature in Amazing Wildlife in August 2011. Thank you moderators!

Featured in Closeups in Nature in September 2011. Thank you so much!

Featured today in All Creatures Great and Small, January 2012. Thank you moderators!


barb leopold, bug, camouflage, caterpillar, eyes, hawk moth, macro, nature

I live in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of South Australia which are a constant inspiration to me in my photography. As an observer of nature and the world around around me, I find many subjects here which I try to portray in an artistic and interesting way. Please contact me if there are any of my images you wish to purchase or otherwise use.

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  • Carol Ritchie
    Carol Ritchieover 4 years ago

    This is fabulous, those eyes look great, almost like they’ve been drawn on! Wonderful image.

    BLYTHARTover 4 years ago

    This is fascinating, especially the “eyes”. Give my regards to Lance please.

  • Thanks for your comment, and yes I will pass on your regards!

    – Barb Leopold

  • Yool
    Yoolover 4 years ago

    This is wonderful great shot !!!!!

  • Hagen
    Hagenover 4 years ago

    Great shot

  • byzantinehalo
    byzantinehaloover 4 years ago

    That’s a cute little face. Amazing to be able to photograph all sorts of tiny creatures. An amazing shot!

  • Ekascam
    Ekascamover 4 years ago

    Beautiful colse up Barb, & yes an attractive creature it is, well sighted!

  • Denzil
    Denzilover 4 years ago

    Wow! I wish I did know what it was … I’m off to Google!
    Spectacular catch Barb!

  • eyestrange
    eyestrangeover 4 years ago

    Don’t forget to add it to the March Avatar Challenge!

    Only one work can be entered for each challenge.

  • Sue Wilson (Kane)
    Sue Wilson (Kane)over 4 years ago

    Unreal find Barb…great shot!

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondover 4 years ago

    Freakish Barb but a fantastic capture of this speciman

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