Location: SW France
January 5, 2014 2:48 am
Hi, this caterpillar was seen in my neighbours garden in SW France and I cannot find it in any of my books, it is about 7 to 8cm long, can you help.
We get very few identification requests from France, and we are not certain if there is a general disinterest in bugs in France, of if the language barrier is leading French speakers elsewhere for their identifications. This is a Great Peacock Moth Caterpillar, Saturnia pyri, and you can find additional information on the Saturniidae of the Western Palaearctic website.
Hi Daniel, wow what a great service you give, insect identified in just 45 minutes!! I think the French are interested in insects but perhaps they do not know about your site, I will start spreading the word and just hope you do not get inundated with requests.