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Large Catterpillar
Location: Algarve Portugal
January 2, 2011 12:41 pm
Probably the largest catterpillar i’ve seen. I would say about 4.5ins. More flourescent green in real life than appears on the photos.
Could you help indentify it for me.
There are more photos if required.
Signature: Eduardo

Death's Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Hi Eduardo,
This is the caterpillar of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth,
Acherontia atropos.  In August we posted a photo and letter from Portugal regarding a Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar and you may also read about it on the UK Moths website.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Portugal

One Response to Death's Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar in Portugal

  1. aromasammy says:

    I found one of these extraordinarily huge catterpillas in my garden today, it had practically chomped its way through my Trumpet Tree. I have photos to post if you need them. I live in Madeira and have not seen one as big as this.

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