Macro Monday: New strange bug!


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? 






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]




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!




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.






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]





** 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!


Pre-Pupal Stage of the Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar



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.


Oleander hawk-moth (Daphnis nerii)



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…


  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!

    Liked by 1 person

  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?


  7. 2e0mca says:

    Hi Spike – I think you have a pre-pupal Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar there. See 🙂

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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. 🙂


  9. Rupali says:

    Oops, I have never seen this maggot before.

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