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Desert Rose marauder

These eating machines favour the succulent foliage of my potted Desert Roses...eventually they will reward me by turning into the gorgeous Hummingbird Hawkmoth so, perhaps, the Desert Rose atrocities are tolerable!  :(

 

Desert Rose marauder

Desert Rose marauder

These eating machines favour the succulent foliage of my potted Desert Roses...eventually they will reward me by turning into the gorgeous Hummingbird Hawkmoth so, perhaps, the Desert Rose atrocities are tolerable!  :(

 

Desert Rose marauder

comments (15)

Strewth Ray,that's amazingly close up.
Ray: They are fascinating big grubs, Frank.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 10 Jan 2017, 05:39
How like an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar this is, Ray. Hope it doesn't do too much damage
Ray: They are seriously destructive, Lisl...eat the leaves, the buds, the flowers, the ends of the branches...I am astonished by how much they can eat!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jan 2017, 06:58
What a strange-looking thing but an incredible photo. I assume those two white spots are its eyes? Do you use manual focus for these shots?
Ray: Those are false eyes, Alan...a protection ruse to make them look fearsome to would-be predators...their heads and eyes are tiny.

Regarding focussing technique...I use both, depending on whichever gets me best results in the conditions.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Jan 2017, 07:24
Considering the end result I think this food machine is worth tolerating Ray
Ray: This is about where I have got to, Chris...I remove them only if their host plant looks like it might not survive the attack.
You could plant two lots of desert roses and mark one "for caterpillars" and one "for Ray"
Ray: I did that, Bill, but the buggers won't stick to the rules!
Fascinating stuff Ray.
Ray: There is non-stop drama in the garden, Chad! smile
  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Jan 2017, 11:26
Beurk, je n'aime pas trop.
Ray: Na a une sérieuse phobie sur les chenilles, Martine, alors elle m'appelle pour faire face à tout ce qu'elle voit. Je les aime beaucoup.
Gardening is a battle, these blighters have such voracious appetites. Very nice shots Ray
Ray: They certainly wreak havoc on my potted Desert Rose shrubs, Martin!
the first shot is simply stunning, Ray. excellent shots. and a tolerable trade in i suppose.
Ray: We are slowly getting to some kind of a deal, Ayush.
It is a beautiful caterpillar isn't it, if you get at least some roses blooming then it is worth having these critters eating some. BTW that TV programme I told you about on Sunday featured Green Pit Vipers, a 3 metre King Cobra and the big Monitors in that park in Bangkok I recall you showing quite a while ago now.
Ray: Those beautiful Giant Water Monitors have been removed from the park a few months ago, Brian...apparently relocated to a non-public place. I think that is a pity!
I love the second shot a lot where you can see the whole of this interesting insect. Yes, an eating machine
Ray: Lovely-looking critters, Mary, but a serious pest if you are a serious gardener.

My position on this is that I have the garden to attract lovely-looking critters...
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 10 Jan 2017, 19:26
will you see the end result though.
As long as you have more Desert Roses than hawkmoths I guess you are winning smile
Fantastic shot, Ray - Love that big close up!
Interesting info. Nature's amazing.

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