Huge, Hairy, Hebridean Caterpillar - Woolly Bear by BlueMoonRose

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579 views, 1 favourite, 22 January 2013
Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT OR AS WE MISSED IT! on 22 January 2013
My assistant, DJ, spotted this enormous caterpillar in the sand dunes while we were on a photoshoot on Seilebost Beach, on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. I took the shot. Identified as a garden tiger moth-in-the- making by fellow RedBubble artist, Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters. It’s common name is apparently “woolly bear”! The body fluids of the adult moth are toxic.
Camera details:- Canon PowerShot S3 IS, Macro setting


My life is divided between teaching Music and Photography. The instruments I play are organ, piano, clarinet and saxophone. I taught German and Spanish before my retirement, but since I got my digital camera no longer have time for them!

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  • edesigns
    edesignsover 3 years ago

    Nice one very sharp, imagine how much food it needs?

  • Thank you, Lyn.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    wonderful capture and detail!

  • Thank you, Cheryl.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

    Great find, lovely little creature!

  • Thank you, Pamela.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    Nice find and capture. I use to play with these things as a child. Yuck now!

  • Thank you, Judy. Same thing here!

    – BlueMoonRose

  • chili
    chiliover 3 years ago

    Brilliant, like a massive eyebrow…….how come you dont see hairy butterflys?

  • Thank you, Chilli. Think of the wind resistance and extra weight!

    – BlueMoonRose

  • rasim1
    rasim1over 3 years ago

    Outstanding work.I haven’t seen like this one.

  • Thank you, Rasim.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Very nice capture Kathryn

  • Thank you, Larry.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 2 years ago

    Try Garden Tiger Moth…

  • Thank you so much, Carla. It would appear that it is indeed a “woolly bear”. I have removed it from the Group.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 2 years ago

    Great shot of this huge, hairy creature !

  • Thank you, Trish. It was DJ who spotted it. He was fascinated by it, so I made a short video too!

    – BlueMoonRose

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindalmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much for featuring my “Wooly Bear”, Pop’s. I appreciate it very much.

    – BlueMoonRose

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