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handsfree
27th Aug 2013, 12:04
Any body out there know what this little fellah grows up to be.
Seen today in rural Leicestershire, England
About 2 inches (5 cm) long

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/zz216/poodlejumpy/IMG_1219_zps72a76a16.jpg

And no, it wasn't found amongst the roses on Cheryl Cole's arse.

Airborne Aircrew
27th Aug 2013, 12:06
That's a slipper not a caterpillar... :}

beaufort1
27th Aug 2013, 12:06
Sycamore Moth I think. :8

SpringHeeledJack
27th Aug 2013, 12:14
He'll grow up to be a Mohican sitting atop a punk's head gurning for tourists in London ;)



SHJ

handsfree
27th Aug 2013, 12:21
Thanks beaufort1.

I 've checked that out on google and I'm pretty sure you are right. It is a sycamore moth caterpillar.
:ok:

lomapaseo
27th Aug 2013, 14:41
Any body out there know what this little fellah grows up to be.
Seen today in rural Leicestershire, England
About 2 inches (5 cm) long



either a WWI Tiger Moth fighter plane

or

http://fromtheflightdeck.com/MEL/PPRune/8500267_1.jpg

tony draper
27th Aug 2013, 15:24
Dont think evolution made a very good job of its camouflage scheme,even a blind bat would spot that from 500 feet at night,:rolleyes:

RJM
27th Aug 2013, 15:26
That's my girlfriend's merkin! Where did you get that photo??

lomapaseo
27th Aug 2013, 15:31
Dont think evolution made a very good job of its camouflage scheme,even a blind bat would spot that from 500 feet at night,

pretty colours generally mean a pretty bad taste or worse.

I once touched a scarlet green caterpillar here in Fl and got a very bad sting out of it.

handsfree
27th Aug 2013, 15:37
It may not be too sharp in the art of camouflage but it couldn't half shift.

Given that it is pretty widespread I'm amazed I've never seen one before.
It's not as if they're hard to spot.

Sycamore (moth) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sycamore_%28moth%29)

Tankertrashnav
27th Aug 2013, 15:39
Drapes - we had all this on the wasp thread

In the human world, as you said, red = danger

In the natural world, in general black and yellow are the danger colours

If you look like a furry wasp you don't have too much to worry about!

RJM - "Merkin" - great word! Wonder if they ever used it on "Call My Bluff"? ;)

handsfree
27th Aug 2013, 15:44
George W Bush used the word all the time.

As in "My fellow Merkins"

At least that's what it sounded like.

IB4138
27th Aug 2013, 15:50
I can drive one of these:

http://www.heavyequipmentupdates.com/wp-content/gallery/1984-caterpillar-637d-1700/1984-caterpillar-637d-1706-a.jpg

Akrotiri71
27th Aug 2013, 15:51
It may have been on "Call My Muff"....:rolleyes:

VP959
27th Aug 2013, 15:52
George W Bush used the word all the time.

As in "My fellow Merkins"

At least that's what it sounded like.

I still think that country should have been named after Amerigo Vespucci's last name rather than his first name. "My fellow Verspuccians" has a certain ring to it.................

G-CPTN
27th Aug 2013, 15:55
Wouldn't Vespuccians be deemed as aliens?

RJM
27th Aug 2013, 15:56
Does anyone here know why Caterpillar changed their colour from a bright yellow to a sort of dirty yellow? It wouldn't have been to appear less of a threat to insects.

tony draper
27th Aug 2013, 15:58
Just as well his brother Arseno Vespucci didn't discover it,anyway the new theory is America was named after a Welshman not some foreign Johhny.
:rolleyes:

Tankertrashnav
27th Aug 2013, 16:11
A Welshman? That explains a lot of things!

IB4138
27th Aug 2013, 16:40
RJM

Cat was required to remove the lead content from the Hiway yellow paint. The new "mustard" color was the result.

sisemen
27th Aug 2013, 16:44
Welsh? A completely different language old chap. For instance taxi in English is pronounced taxi. In Welsh the word for taxi is tacsi and is pronounced .......taxi.

VP959
27th Aug 2013, 17:00
In Welsh the word for taxi is tacsi and is pronounced .......taxi.

Just a bodge to get around there not being a letter "x" in Welsh (there's a few other letters missing in Welsh too, like "q", "j", "k" and "v").

G-CPTN
27th Aug 2013, 17:05
Yes, it's interesting when languages that are quite dissimilar adopt words that appear common to both. Usually these are words describing a recently (in terms of evolution) concept or machinery, though the Danish word for plough is a homophone though the spelling is plov. I believe that this signifies an ancient connection between agricultural communities.

VP959
27th Aug 2013, 17:15
I must admit to liking Welsh as a language, mainly because pronunciation is pretty straightforward.

Unlike English, where you have to learn a pretty complex set of rules as to when certain letter combinations make particular sounds, at least Welsh has the decency to try keep things a lot simpler and easier in the main, with letters and letter combinations generally always making the same sound (the exceptions seem to be mainly adopted foreign words, it seems).

RJM
27th Aug 2013, 17:44
Thanks IB. That's one of life's mysteries solved.

421dog
27th Aug 2013, 21:51
Yeah, but they saddled us with that "sometimes Y and W thing"

er340790
28th Aug 2013, 15:17
This is my Caterpillar.
There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My Cat is my best friend.
It is my life.
I must master it as I must master my life.
My Cat, without me, is useless. Without my Cat, I am useless.

etc etc etc.

2005 CATERPILLAR 345CL Hydraulic Excavator | Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (http://www.rbauction.com/2005-caterpillar-345cl?invId=3788147&id=ci)

RJM
28th Aug 2013, 20:06
"This is my Caterpillar.
There are many like it, but this one is mine."

Is it not true that each Cat machine leaves the factory with a unique identifying number, so to order a spare part for your machine you need only quote the number and describe the part - idler wheel or whatever - and Caterpillar will have a record of the size etc of the part?

tony draper
28th Aug 2013, 20:33
The Butterfly and hence the Caterpillar has been around for about fifty million years,why such a short time? I hear you ask,because until then there were no flowers, that's right nary a flower or blade of grass existed prior to that, ergo nowt for them to eat no nectar for them to hoover up.
:)

G-CPTN
28th Aug 2013, 21:37
But, wasn't the Garden of Eden populated with plants? :rolleyes:

tony draper
28th Aug 2013, 21:48
Plants in plenty Mr G-C, just no flowering plants,ie nothing producing pollen for Mr Butterfly to scoff.
Therefore if said Garden existed in the late Cretaceous there was certainly no Apple tree therein to cause all that trouble,though that being said I do not believe the Apple is ever named as the guilty party anyway,:)

mikedreamer787
29th Aug 2013, 05:13
This is my Caterpillar.
There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My Cat is my best friend.
It is my life.
I must master it as I must master my life.
My Cat, without me, is useless. Without my Cat, I am useless.

Was that plagiarised and edited from FM Jacket?

er340790
29th Aug 2013, 16:51
Yup. From Jar-Head, I think... :ok:

RJM
29th Aug 2013, 18:40
"I love the smell of Caterpillars in the morning..."

"You're gonna need a bigger Caterpillar..."

There's a whole genre there.

421dog
8th Sep 2013, 20:28
A million years ago, a Caterpillar D8, a really resourceful guy (named Nelson, who was a refugee from the Quebec troubles and who introduced me to a fella named Barney with a really nice Beaver on Norseman floats {anyone who knows anything about northern Manitoba aviation will know the players involved}) and me (not particularly good at anything except breaking equipment a long way from any known hardware store) built this:

MapQuest Maps - Driving Directions - Map (http://mapq.st/1aib8ge)

About 280 miles from the nearest road.

I remain in awe.

It took two days and 300lb of propane to get the Cat and the batteries warm enough to start when we came up on the winter road.

M.Mouse
8th Sep 2013, 22:09
Is it not true that each Cat machine leaves the factory with a unique identifying number, so to order a spare part for your machine you need only quote the number and describe the part - idler wheel or whatever - and Caterpillar will have a record of the size etc of the part?

Wot, like quoting the VIN number of any car, describing the part and the manufacturer's agent will have a record of what the part is for that car?

421dog
8th Sep 2013, 22:14
Yeah, but having that take place in Peoria, Illinois is a little bit of an accomplishment.

DX Wombat
8th Sep 2013, 22:45
https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/3912423680/h66B78DDD/