Holding hands with Larry by jesika

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“Larry” is an Elephant Hawk Moth larva (caterpillar). He’s about 3 inches long and is an eating machine. He’s munching his way through Rose Bay Willow Herb at a tremendous rate. Soon I’ll have to put some dry leaves & compost in his pot and find a suitable place for him to hibernate in his pupal form over winter and then, hopefully, a wonderful pink & olive green adult will emerge
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  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsalmost 2 years ago

    Havent seen any for a couple of years now Jesika. Lovely capture. xx

  • I didn’t find him, Richard, a friend brought him over, just hope I can rear him, I’ve never had one of the Hawk Moth larvae before, I’m really quite thrilled, he’s a friendly little chap, too.

    – jesika

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    impressive! magnifique ;)

  • Merci bien, Manon

    – jesika

  • Neil Ludford
    Neil Ludfordalmost 2 years ago

    I had 3 of these in my garden a couple of years ago, they totally decimated the fuschias. They are a proper caterpillar. Neil

  • A friend brought him, Neil. I don’t have fuschias anymore, don’t know what bedstraw looks like so it had to be Rose Bay Willow Herb, and there’s still a lot of that about – although much less now I’ve started feeding this intestine on legs LOL

    – jesika

  • John44
    John44almost 2 years ago

    This really looks good on my screen here in Holland

  • Many thanks, John, this is very exciting for me

    – jesika

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 2 years ago

    What a beauty Jesika – haven’t ever seen one of these in my garden – good luck with his hibernation and look forward some images of him in his colourful finery when he emerges !! xx

  • I’ll tend him carefully, I’ve decided where he’ll over winter and he’ll be checked several times a day – remember I was once a midwife! I’m hopeful, I’ve raised moths before but never a Hawk Moth, exciting times ahead, eh?

    – jesika

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 2 years ago

    Yikes!!! He does look hungry! Give him lots of leaves and he might turn into something pretty! :)) Fascinating Jesika!

  • Caterbugs are simply eating machines, yes he’s hungry, but he’s got lots of fresh food daily and his box emptied & cleaned to keep him safe. He’ll emerge as “Does this mean we’re engaged?” and “At last”, if I could do links………
    Thanks, Robin

    – jesika

  • Clive
    Clivealmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much. I’m sure Larry would be delighted too, but he’s hidden under the dry leaves and hay of his winter quarters, preparing himself for his spectacular summer self

    – jesika

  • davvi
    davvialmost 2 years ago

    interesting , it.

  • Larry the Larva is now Peter the Pupa, sleeping his winter away, preparing to be a magnificent moth next spring. May thanks

    – jesika

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