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Guess what?

my wife spotted this today and i took a few shots of it that im going to post up for the next few days.

My wife looked it up and found out it was the ELENPHANT HAWKMOTH caterpiller, very strange looking thing and very flighty which i was suprised about. Never seen one before snd it was around 80mm long, 3 inch ish. Gets its name from its unusual snout which is why i chose this image to upload.

Thanks for looking and all comments most welcome.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: patri, cattyal, brian1208 and 21 more

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patri 14 3 Italy
11 Aug 2005 11:09AM
Great close up, love the "face".


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cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
11 Aug 2005 11:10AM
Lovely velvety texture - excellent

brian1208 Plus
15 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2005 11:15AM
Good capture Luke - it looks like a (miserable) Teddy Bear.

An interesting subject

pipapelada 13 135
11 Aug 2005 12:00PM
I keep coming back to this! It's a fascinating creature.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
11 Aug 2005 12:30PM
Well thats different Luke!......

But don't you mean Elephant!...LOL

11 Aug 2005 12:37PM
trust you Ade!!!lol

but i aint goona change it...

dalischone 13 295 Scotland
11 Aug 2005 12:47PM
Fantasic close up Luke, great detail.

NeilJ 13 1
11 Aug 2005 12:52PM
That's not it's snout. It's head is folded down and puffs up its neck to look bigger when under threat. if you wait long enough it will come out and you can see it has a small head. nice shot though..
grom 13 239
11 Aug 2005 1:20PM
cracking shot,got a few adult pictures of these,they look a little like bats,focus and DOP is just about as good as you can get,flawless,if neilj's correct would clone out the white mark below the right ear mark and above the eye mark,impressive markings though looks a little like a bear(face)
sandyb 14 34 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2005 1:26PM
well captured. a superb composition,well spotted .sandyb
11 Aug 2005 1:27PM
good close up detail and colour spot on .

John_Wannop 13 98 Wales
11 Aug 2005 2:08PM
Great detail,well done.

Varanus 13 32 1 England
11 Aug 2005 2:16PM
Wow, haven;t checked in on your profile for a while, looks like i've been missing out! this looke so cute till i clicked on the thumb and realised what it was!
excellent as always, nice to see your standards haven't slipped!


perrism 13 6
11 Aug 2005 3:38PM
You're a star! Back in 1978 I found one of these in my parents' garden, I wouldn't touch it and even my pet cat was wary of it (and she ate spiders), I described the thing to my biology teacher who said she knew what it was but she wasn't going to tell me, and I'd have to find out for myself.. this evening, I have! Only took 27 years..

Good photo, too! Smile
franm 13 11 Wales
11 Aug 2005 9:53PM
Great shot, lovely composition and detail - as well as being a novel and interesting subject
phowtow 13 46
12 Aug 2005 12:45AM
great close up, if your wondering what it will look like when its all grown up..

here it is.
acbeat 13 14 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2005 1:04AM
great shot looks like an old seal .andy b
celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2005 10:15AM

Well done!

glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
14 Aug 2005 5:25AM
Nice shot, love the close up. Now you need to follow it around to catch it when it cocoons and hatches out! Wink Spot on! Click!!!

15 Aug 2005 9:03AM
Hi Luke Nice to your photo of the Hawk moth
caterpillar we met him 14yrs ago he raided my Quaser fushia he really enjoyed he used to go walks down to the pond and come back to his quaser it was lovely aswell to see the actual moth what a specimen cheers jean.

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