Lime Hawk-moth – Mimas tiliae

I was looking at the little bugs on the bark of a tree, when suddenly that big caterpillar came crawling down. It was almost 10cm / 4in long and thick as a finger: the caterpillar of a Lime Hawk-moth, (Mimas tiliae, Lindenschwärmer – in those Wikipedia links you can see, how the caterpillar looks after the transformation).
Note: the blue horn is at the rear of the animal.

 

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~ by Natalie on October 18, 2010.

7 Responses to “Lime Hawk-moth – Mimas tiliae”

  1. I am running out of synonyms for “beautiful”. These are breathtaking!

  2. It’s a unicorn caterpillar.

  3. Wow that’s a very funny caterpillar! Beautiful pictures!

  4. Way too cool!

  5. Interesting specimen!! My husband captured a Pandorous Sphinx Hawkmoth this Summer. That got me interested in Moths. Great captures you have here!

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