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  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 25 Jan 2013, 01:07
Hey, grub up!
Ray: Cripes, Chad!

Can't you sleep? Try a large tumbler of Talisker...
She is beautiful! Any idea what species she'll become?
Ray: She is a huge caterpillar, Elizabeth, but I cannot even guess what she will become.

[Louis has discovered for us that it is a Deaths Head Hawk-moth larva (yellow)]
She has beautiful colours Ray and it's a great macro... but she looks like a Chinese dragon in a parade....petersmile
Ray: Now that you mention it, Peter, I can see it looks very much like a festival dragon.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 Jan 2013, 05:04
Great colour and macro photo which end is the head
Ray: The...umh...tail is on the tail end, Vintage.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Jan 2013, 06:32
You wouldn't believe it if you didn't see it!
Ray: It is an exceptional beauty, Ginnie, and I went back to look at it several times over two days.
You couldn't invent this ....

What a crazy dude.
Ray: Nature delights...yet again!
An exceptional beauty Ray. Superb capture!
Ray: It is a gorgeous critter, Richard.
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jan 2013, 08:49
OMG!! What a specimen! It looks as though someone has gone mad with the paint. What does it turn into?
Ray: It is a gorgeous critter, Elleplate.

[Louis has discovered for us that it is a Deaths Head Hawk-moth larva (yellow)]
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 Jan 2013, 08:58
Looks like a Hawkmoth caterpillar, but what an ornamental hook
Ray: Nice one, Lisl.

[Louis has discovered for us that it is a Deaths Head Hawk-moth larva (yellow)]
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Jan 2013, 09:08
Wow - that's a whole breakfast's worth there!
Ray: A predatory bird could cut [colourful] steaks off it, Chris.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Jan 2013, 09:29
Oh yes, never seen - do you know her/his name, something with 'yellow'?
Ray: It is the first one I have seen, Philine, and I enjoyed the experience very much.

[Louis has discovered for us that it is a Deaths Head Hawk-moth larva (yellow)]
soon he will go 'nom, nom, nom'
Ray: ...and, perhaps, "burp", Ayush!
Warning to would be predators. i am a dragon!
Ray: The bright colour probably signals that it has a nasty aspect to it, Bill..perhaps it breathes fire...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Jan 2013, 14:33
It is a yellow caterpillar, but I guess not a CAT at that.

It is a Deaths Head Hawk-moth larva (yellow). The brackets, because there exists a brown variety as well.

Acherontia atropos yellow.

A jolly roger CAT.
Ray: Thank you for this excellent taxonomy sleuthing work, Louis.

Na is a bit caterpillar-phobic and spots grubs like this from 20 metres away, so it was she who pointed this one out to me.

My only accomplishment, then, was to play around with my pocket camera [both dSLR's having died on me in the past several months] until I got a decent shot of the beauty.
What a fine caterpillar but not easy to hide itself from predators with that colour scheme.
Ray: Na saw it from about 20 metres distance, Brian, so I expect birds would easily find it. So, it must taste terrible, or fight back, or something.
that's great Ray
Ray: A most impressive critter, Juan Carlos.

[Louis has discovered for us that it is a Deaths Head Hawk-moth larva (yellow)]
Hard to tell which end is which!
Ray: It impresses me with its simultaneous dexterity at both ends, Tom.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Jan 2013, 20:56
Not so much sleuthing. I did recognise it as a hawk-moth larva, but the bright yellow was new to me. The rectangular 'eye' and the 'hairy' tail has the look of the deaths head. (The brown larvae are found over here, sometimes even in the elephant ear plant in front of my study window). So one google request and there I had it smile

Those dead cameras must be awfully bad news. You ignored the fact that they are not so water tight, beyond 50 meters? smile
Ray: I am still struggling a little to understand the best way to identify critters from all the information available on the internet, seems ones needs a starting point, like "hawkmoth" rather than "caterpillar"...perhaps I just need more practice.

The 7D rusted from moisture, and was not worth repairing...possibly due to geting wet from torrential rain several times in one day in Manila, or perhaps it was just the excessive humidity. Sad...I really liked that camera.

The 40D failed last weekend, an hour before I was asked by one of Na's relatives to photograph her wedding which was just commencing...up-country, where no assistance was at hand...I shot the wedding with a tiny pocket camera, and am working through the material at the moment to make her an album. In fact, it turned out that the battery charger, and one battery, was dead [cause and effect?]...since returning to Bangkok I have rectified this situation and have a working 40D again.

I have been contemplating a 7D replacement for nearly 9 months...the price to come down, now, to the point where I can nearly bring myself to part with the funds but, now, Canon has released the 6D full-frame and this has thrown me into confusion.
This is a cool coloured caterpillar in action.
Ray: It is a beautiful critter, Jacquelyn.

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