Found this way cool caterpillar on my ornamental grape vine. It’s big, fat and chunky! Over 4 inches long. I just loved it’s fake eyes for the birds. :)

I think it’s a Hawk Moth Caterpillar. If anyone knows it’s rightful name, I’d be most interested! :)

OK thanks Robert, it’s a Vine Sphinx Moth Caterpillar.

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  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    Oh what colourful eyes you have!! Great image my friend::))

  • hehhehe! Yes well what can I say! :P

    Gabe :) xx

    – Gabrielle Lees

  • bobby1
    bobby1almost 4 years ago

    Wow Gabe do you live on another planet !!awesome close up

  • hehehehe! Thanks Jill, I’m trapped in the land of the giants! Do you remember that old show when we were young? Everything was like 10 ft tall.

    This macro is opening up a whole new world and I don’t even have to get out of the yard. I am getting a bit sick of my wasps killing all my caterpillars though! :( They have to go! LOL!

    Gabe :)

    – Gabrielle Lees

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simplealmost 4 years ago

    As soon as I saw it I said Gabe or Kiri. Beautiful detailed shot Gabe. Nice work.

  • Hehehe! Sorry Alwyn, it meeee! LOL!

    Thanks so much for the lovely comment! Yes I was pretty excited to find this big chubby caterpillar in the garden today. Found 3 of them eating all of my ornamental grape vine. Had to get him upset before his big eyes opened up.

    Gabe :)

    – Gabrielle Lees

  • waxyfrog
    waxyfrogalmost 4 years ago

    very nice and those eyes!!! BArb

  • Hehheehe! Yes those ones are just painted on! :) His real eyes are those tiny little dots down near his mouth.

    – Gabrielle Lees

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamalmost 4 years ago

    I think that it’s a caterpillar from the Vine Sphinx Moth, I was lucky to get a shot of one in The Dominican Republic a few years ago. Lovely find and capture Gabrielle.

  • Hi Robert, thanks so much for that! :) Yes I think this might be the moth. I have a Stephanotis Vine and it just loves it and comes in at night. I haven’t seen it for a while but I’ll try and capture a shot of him if I ever see him again. I remember he’s got beaty eyes and glow in the dark! lOL!

    Gabe :)

    – Gabrielle Lees

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamalmost 4 years ago

    When these caterpillar species feel threatened they can puff themselves up and take on the Sphinx pose. You are right it is a member of the Hawkmoth family

  • Hehhehe! You know I worked that one out. I wanted his eyes to unfold from his layers of fat and just gave him a slight squeeze! Pop out comes the eyes. Rather facinating! :)

    Gabe :)

    – Gabrielle Lees

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamalmost 4 years ago

    I’ve got some shot of the Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar in the Sphinx pose. I’ve found several species of hawk moth caterpillars during my travels and the largest was the Death Head Hawk Moth.

  • Have you got pictures of them on your channel? I’ll just pop in now to see if I can find them. Really interested! :)

    Gabe :)

    – Gabrielle Lees

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallalmost 4 years ago

    cool shot Gabe , :))

  • Thanks so much Miss Trishy! :) xx

    – Gabrielle Lees

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    magnificent capture Gabe

  • Hi Kathy, thanks so much for dropping by! :) Yes I was pretty excited about my new caterpillar! lOL! It’s funny what gets me excited these days! LOL!

    Gabe xx

    – Gabrielle Lees

  • Danceintherain
    Danceintherainalmost 4 years ago

    Gabe … you do run across some way cool creatures in your neck of the woods. Wow.

    • Coy
  • Hey there Coy, thanks buddy! Yes this was one cool looking dude! :) I wanted to get a shot of his false eyes and just gave him a little squeeze. His false eyes just popped out! Really interesting stuff!

    Gabe :)

    – Gabrielle Lees

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