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Fri 30-Mar-12
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Toffeeapple
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That is always the way of it. Unfortunately.

I'll try that again!

Fri 22-Jun-12
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Any one want to guess what this is?Image Enlarger

I do know the answer, just thought it would be interesting for people to guess

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Looks like a Swallowtail to me.

I'll try that again!

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wave I think Toni is right!

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A caterpillar big_laugh

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Frighteningly large....eeekeeek

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I'd agree with toni, however, can't seem to make picture any bigger, so can't be certain...was it in your garden Martin?

Fri 22-Jun-12
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I can't get the picture any bigger on here either-just keep getting the loading circle going round and round so perhaps not fair for those who can't magnify it.

 

To help you see it better, If you go to the right side of the toolbar at the bottom of the page you will probably see the figure 100% with a magnifying glass symbol- click on the drop down arrow and you will see that you can increase the zoom level to 400% and then can see the picture magnified.

 

I will let you know what it is if nobody guesses it later- and yes it was in my garden. (along with 10 others like it)

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Fri 22-Jun-12
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Martin, I am wondering if you loaded the picture from Photobucket, as normally if you do that, it has an automatic 'enlarge' option.  Anyway, the only other caterpillar that is remotely similar in UK is a Monarch which are not usual here.

I'll try that again!

Fri 22-Jun-12
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eeek Ooh, gone all purple! 

I'll try that again!

Fri 22-Jun-12
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just used the add picture option on the post and took the picture URL from my flickr account- it has worked before.

The caterpillar is that of a Mullein moth - we have two self seeded mulleins (verbascum) in the garden- the second time in 10 years that we have had them sprout up. They are biennials plants.

The one this caterpillar is on is over 7ft tall now, about half of it is the flower spike.

This is a night flying moth- the caterpillars can strip the leaves quite quickly  and when they pupate they bury themselves underground and can take up to 5 years before emrging as a moth.

So far I think the caterpillars have been predated as most of the leaves are intact on the plant- but time will tell- they also attack buddleia plants.

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Hmm.  I think Photobucket is the way to upload pictures to this forum.  I have looked at my books and still think that the Swallowtail larvae look like your image.  Time will tell...

I'll try that again!

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I won't wait for five years for it to pupate to see. Here is a picture from the internet of a Mullein Moth Caterpillar- you can see the similarity to my picture.

 

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Blasted circle of death again! 

I'll try that again!

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I have inserted my picture again- lets see if it opens now

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