Macro Monday: New strange bug!

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Monday 23 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

This weekend I was happily winding down after a long session doing some more serious chores in the garden itself, not the orchards, when I came across something that made me dart inside for the camera. All I was doing was trimming back some periwinkle – and then, hey what’s this? 

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Now I’ve found a few interesting bugs and creatures here on our farm over the years, and haha, this weekend I found a new wee beastie 🙂 No idea what it is, with no joy image searching on Google. Do you have any idea?  [see below for update]

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I’m guessing the hugs black eyes means it is accustomed to living away from the light; on the other hand, perhaps it’s for protection – trying to look all big and scary!

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He certainly seemed pretty placid, and not at all aggressive when poked gently with a stick. That tail might be a sort of stinger perhaps(?), but it made no attempt to jab the stick like a scorpion usually does.

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Anyway, thought this one was apt for my Macro Monday post this week. Hope you all enjoy it! By the way, did you notice the big fat tongue?? Weird. [see below for update]

SPIKE

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** UPDATE **

Ok, so looks like it’s an Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar, and not a bug after all. Wow, that’s some flippin’ caterpillar then – learn something every day!

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Pre-Pupal Stage of the Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar

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We also have a lot of Oleander around here, so perhaps no surprise, and yes, we do see some huge moths like this, albeit mostly in a variety of browns.

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Oleander hawk-moth (Daphnis nerii)

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24 thoughts on “Macro Monday: New strange bug!

  1. badfish says:

    that’s a great looking animal!! Love its tip. Are those really eyes? Wonder what it looks like as a moth…

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  2. Wow what a handsome pillar! Large lad ..

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  3. joannesisco says:

    I think I might have nightmares tonight …..

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  4. AnnetteM says:

    That was very interesting. Some moth caterpillars do seem to be very large. I never see moths that big – thankfully!

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  5. No idea what this is but must say he/she is rather beautiful.

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  6. wareynolds1 says:

    Are the “black eyes” really eyes or just defensive markings made to look like large eyes?

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  7. 2e0mca says:

    Hi Spike – I think you have a pre-pupal Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar there. See http://drkrishi.com/metamorphosis/ 🙂

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  8. -Angela- says:

    I’ve searched thousands of photos & articles of ‘larvae,’ butterfly & moth, one of which I suspect this critter is akin to. Can’t find a match. I think he’s adorable, nonetheless. Wonder what he’ll morph into. 🙂

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  9. Rupali says:

    Oops, I have never seen this maggot before.

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