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Poplar Hawk-moth - Laothoe populi

By Mendipman  
On our patio sits a pot and in the pot grows a small Willow tree. On one of the branches a caterpillar clings on motionless blending in perfectly with the small stems on the tree. Some days it remained still and others it would feed on the leaves. Then one day it had disappeared.

Looking at the image you would think this was easy to spot but the markings on this caterpillar made it an incredibly effective camouflage, each day we would check it's progress and it always took a few minutes to locate the caterpillar. It shared the tree with a couple of vapourer moth caterpillars so we did wonder if there would be enough leaves to support it. But it was fine and eventually it had moved off to no doubt pupate and complete it's lifecycle at some point this year.

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Many thanks for the votes and comments on the previous upload of the Bloody Nosed Beetle and especially to Andro (eyelevelphotographyuk), Graham (Ericsamson) and Howard (hrsimages) for your User Awards, so very much appreciated. GrinGrinGrinGrin

Tags: Summer Insects Morning Wildlife Nature Macro Moth England Close-up Natural Habitat Botanical Garden Insect Caterpillar Lepidoptera Larva Moths Somerset Fauna Larvae August European Britain Brown Resting Natural light Back garden Axbridge Entomology Detailed Invertebrate Magnify Wildlife and nature Invertebrates No-one Green background Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi Arthropoda Sphingidae Habitats (Linnaeus 1758) (69.003) Laothoe

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12 Jan 2020 11:46AM
Excellent Heath, great detail,
12 Jan 2020 1:36PM
Well captured.
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1 16 15 Norway
12 Jan 2020 2:27PM

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