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Tone
12th Aug 2010, 17:54
This monster came to visit yesterday, never seen the likes of it in the UK. Does anyone know what it is and what it will turn into? Praps it will metamorph into a Microlight?

http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/ad153/photobucketeric99/cat2.jpg
http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/ad153/photobucketeric99/cat1.jpg

G-CPTN
12th Aug 2010, 18:07
One of the Hawk Moths?

Elephant hawk moth caterpillar:-
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1144/1321864243_7ef31f9740.jpg

http://www.launcestonparishwildlife.org.uk/files/images/DSC01870.preview.JPG

The 'adult' is very pretty:-

(don't know why the picture has disappeared, but Radz' one will do just as well . . . )

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Radar66
12th Aug 2010, 18:14
It's the Elephant Hawk Moth. :ok:

http://www.rothervalley.f9.co.uk/jpgs/bigjpgs/moths/Elephant%20Hawk%20Moth%20RVCP%2019-6.jpg

Gah!! Beaten again by Mr Google! ;)

OFSO
12th Aug 2010, 18:15
Looks like a British Monarch to me, and if you are really really unlucky it will morph into King Charles......

tony draper
12th Aug 2010, 18:16
How is it that Butterflies are pretty and Moths are creepy?:uhoh:

G-CPTN
12th Aug 2010, 18:20
Beaten again by Mr Google!

Au contraire - I am familiar with the beast, as daughter has kept them as 'pets' (though never managed to breed from the adults, merely to harvest them from the wild as eggs or larvae then keep them through the cocoon stage to adults (then released).

I've got photographs somewhere, but 'twas quicker to grab them from t'internet . . .

Deilephila elpenor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deilephila_elpenor)

I don't know what there is not to like about moths - there are some very pretty ones in addition to this one (such as puss moths). The caterpillars of some are very 'inventive' in their disguise.

Saintsman
12th Aug 2010, 19:17
Its 20p.....

anotherthing
12th Aug 2010, 19:24
... which will hopefully morph into a quid...

criticalmass
13th Aug 2010, 06:24
Larval stage of a Triffid! Be very careful after dark. :eek:

radeng
13th Aug 2010, 10:13
In some parts of the world, it coming to lunch would have led to it being lunch!

alisoncc
13th Aug 2010, 13:45
Looks more like a Paterkiller to me. They tend to morph into Flutterbyes.

G-CPTN
13th Aug 2010, 13:56
Discussion between Europeans as to the aesthetics of their respective languages.
The Brit proposed the word butterfly as being suitably descriptive of the object, the Frenchman countered with papillon being equally romantic.
The German said "Unt vat is wrong mit Schmetterling?"

G&T ice n slice
14th Aug 2010, 14:36
I was told that the Polish for butterfly was NNNNZCZC

pronounced nytzych

Helol
14th Aug 2010, 14:48
It is indeed an EHM. Here's on in my garden a couple of years ago. Beautiful creatures.
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn31/Myforumphotos2008/DSCF0175elephanthawkmothweb.jpg

Storminnorm
14th Aug 2010, 14:54
That moth looks like a Vulcan with a Hippy colour scheme!
It's even got Elevons FFS!!!

Helol
14th Aug 2010, 16:19
equally as good, is the hummingbird hawk moth, also a regular in my garden: this pic taken couple of years ago. Apologies for the thread drift...
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn31/Myforumphotos2008/HHMothWeb.jpg

Capot
14th Aug 2010, 17:25
I was told that the Polish for butterfly was NNNNZCZC

pronounced nytzych

I think you should check that out.....

Do widzenie,

Motyl.

Cacophonix
14th Aug 2010, 17:32
http://images.burningman.com/gallery/moontiger.24047.jpg

Cue Grace Slick...

3oRKvpZ7PjE

Frank Arouet
15th Aug 2010, 04:13
What does the other pill do?:ooh: