What Is This Dodgy Looking Thing Found In The Garden?

edited 30 September 2012 at 11:39AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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edited 30 September 2012 at 11:39AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
As the tile says, stumbled across this dodgy looking thing in the garden today, it seems to have some gruesome looking teeth!

Any ideas?

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I should add that the great people over on allotment.org.uk identified it first so all credit should go to them for the identification of this.

The thread is here:

http://chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=99187.0

Great site full of wonderful people always willing to lend a hand, a bit like here, check it out if you get time.
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  • Norma_DesmondNorma_Desmond Forumite
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    Could it be a giant Hawk Moth caterpillar of some kind?

    I'm sure I had a similar one in the garden last year - plug ugly and almost big enough to keep as a pet! ;):D
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  • UnderPressureUnderPressure Forumite
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    Thanks for the reply ;) After a bit more research it is an Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar, quite an unsavoury looking character now been evicted to the adjoining field full of cows :)
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  • How many cows does it take to fill a field?:eek:;)
  • LeifLeif Forumite
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    Thanks for the reply ;) After a bit more research it is an Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar, quite an unsavoury looking character now been evicted to the adjoining field full of cows :)


    It is absolutely beautiful. I think these huge moth larvae are wonderful things. The only problem is that some can eat crops. From wikipedia: "
    The preferred food plants of the caterpillar are willowherb (Epilobium) and bedstraw (Galium), though it will also take fuchsias."So it might even be beneficial by eating unwanted plants, although Fuschias are probably desirable.
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  • sassybluesassyblue Forumite
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    It's stunning as a moth, hubby was 'attacked' by one last year lol, it flew in our window and freaked him out. There's a huge honeysuckle bush outside and they like them apparently.

    http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?bf=1991


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  • Thanks for the pic. I love threads like these. That thing doesn't look real!
    Stunning caterpillar and moth though!
  • harrys_nanharrys_nan Forumite
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    We have had a couple just lately, couldn't believe how big they are , not pretty things but fascinating in it's own right.
    Neighbours have a fuchsia hedge near where they were .
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  • edited 30 September 2012 at 7:01AM
    Lisa_27Lisa_27 Forumite
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    edited 30 September 2012 at 7:01AM
    I think he is cute :-)

    Have you seen the moths they turn into? stunning but yes I'd poo myself if I saw one, moths scare me x
  • blossomhill_2blossomhill_2 Forumite
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    I thought you had photoshopped it - remember the green Glowbug toys of the 80s?
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  • LeifLeif Forumite
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    Lisa_27 wrote: »
    I think he is cute :-)

    Have you seen the moths they turn into? stunning but yes I'd poo myself if I saw one, moths scare me x

    :D I once had a Southern Hawker dragonfly land on my sleeve. It made me jump when I looked down and saw it. It must have confused my green jacket for a tree.
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