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Anyone knows what is this?

Anyone knows what is this?
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Copyright: Helder Martins (derco) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 24] (273)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta F-100
Exposure: f/8, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-09-15 15:09
Viewed: 3786
Points: 8
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Today, wend i was walking in a countryside near my home, i spoted this giant feeding in a small plant. This guy has about 8 to 10 cm lenght. I never have seen one of these, and for local standard, this is a very very big catterpilar. It is 2 to 3 times bigger then the biggest i ever seen. I have no knowledge about wath kind of insect this is. If anyone knows, please let me konw.

Hoje, quanto andava á procura de um modelo para as minhas fotos, descobri este gigante a alimentar-se numa figueira do inferno. É sensivelmente do tamanho de um dedo, quer em comprimento quer em espessura. Regra geral, o que por aqui existe é bem mais pequeno. Nunca vi nada parecido nem tão grande. Desconheço em absoluto o que seja, por isso se alguem souber, por favor diga o que é.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-15 15:27]
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I don't know waht species but I reckon it is almost certainly a Hawk Moth caterpillar. The photo is good for you to get an ID, however it is a little soft in focus around the head end and the ccolours appear a little flat.

I look forward to more of your work, good stuff.

Paul is right, so I tryed to make a workshop. Saudos!

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  • Tim Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 27] (105)
  • [2004-09-16 9:47]

We call them "tomato worms" where I live Helder as they feed primarily on the tomato plants here in the highly agricultural Yakima Valley of Washington state. I suspect that Paul is correct as to the type of moth it turns into. Ugly little critters aren't they? :o)
God's best,


Well Helder I agree with paul its a moth caterpillar but what sort I've not been able to find out, other than I am fairly certain it's not a Hawkmoth as I looked at all the european species I know about.its the white on the head that the odd bit. Silly question what plant is it feeding on here?

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-11 5:54]

Very good shot!
The caterpillar is from a noctuidae butterfly, but I can't identify the species.
5* photo!
Very good details and sharpness!

This butterly caterpillar belong to the Hawk moths (family: Sphingidae). The species is Death's Head Hawk-Moth (Acherontia atropos). There are two main morphs of the caterpillar, yellow-green and brown. Its a Mediterranean species that migrate to Erope at summer. See: http://tpittaway.tripod.com/sphinx/a_atr.htm

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