My husband came dashing in the house, yelled "grab your camera" and dashed out - so I did (well, you do don't you!). There in the middle of the yard was Cecil! The biggest, grandest caterpillar I have ever seen. It's an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar - my first!
I gently picked him up and invited him to a quick photoshoot! He was huge and his skin, velvety soft - I was really surprised at just how chunky and solid he felt.
Image 1 = He explored the picnic table.
Image 2 = I'd accidently nudged the table and he went into 'snake' mode.
Image 3 = I offerred some of my fuchsia to try and coax him out of 'snake' mode.
But he wasn't having it, he'd had enough. So I gently placed him on my shrub and this morning he has gone!
(P.S. I realise he's a little soft in places, but I really wanted to share the visit! )
Wildlife and nature