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Harold Gough 17th August 2017 06:32 AM

Larva of Elephant Hawk-moth [i]Deilephila porcellus[/i]
 
This is the brown form. There is also a green form. Apparently, the larvae can easily be found when feeding at night.

For several years, I would find one of these either walking across the ground or on a food plant in our garden. Then there was a gap of several years. Yesterday I found another one crossing our concrete , path, from the direction of a lawn, towns a flower bed.

I was carrying a large bowl of pears from our tree so, with the bowl in one hand and the caterpillar in the other, I went to fetch my camera. I found it easier to let the larva perch on the front of my shirt. When I picked it up, and immediately after subsequent handling, it writhed violently on the palm of my hand and then became very still, with its head scarcely protruding. Long periods of the session were spent waiting for it to stretch out and walk. Even the slightest vibration form the wooden table where took most photographs would freeze it.

I considered using flash but I am trying to take more daylight shots.

Olympus EM-1, Oshiro 2:1 60mm macro, f8 or f11at up to 1/640 second ISO 1600, hand-held with support.

I will post crosseye stereos tomorrow.

Harold

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Jim Ford 17th August 2017 09:12 AM

Re: Larva of Elephant Hawk-moth [i]Deilephila porcellus[/i]
 
Haven't seen one for many years, even though I regularly search beds of rose bay willowherb for them.

Jim

Olybirder 17th August 2017 09:19 AM

Re: Larva of Elephant Hawk-moth [i]Deilephila porcellus[/i]
 
What a magnificent creature. Splendid shots Harold.

Ron

Harold Gough 17th August 2017 09:54 AM

Re: Larva of Elephant Hawk-moth [i]Deilephila porcellus[/i]
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Ford (Post 425091)
Haven't seen one for many years, even though I regularly search beds of rose bay willowherb for them.

Jim

Try Evening Primrose & Fuschia.

I have never seen the Small E-h larva.

Harold

Bengeo 17th August 2017 11:25 AM

Re: Larva of Elephant Hawk-moth [i]Deilephila porcellus[/i]
 
Great shots Harold. I found two in our garden yesterday when I pulled some weeds out. I hadn't seen them, I just felt the texture wasn't a plant! They are 3 inch long monsters!

I decided to experiment with focus stacking for the first time. I hope you don't mind me adding these to your thread (if this is a problem I'll edit this post).

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This is what they grow into, taken with an iPhone earlier this year:

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Harold Gough 17th August 2017 01:27 PM

Re: Larva of Elephant Hawk-moth [i]Deilephila porcellus[/i]
 
Thanks, Andy.

Your images are welcome. They also show the fuzzy area between the eyes which I at first thought was OOF in my images but it is the same at all distances.

Harold


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