Subject: large caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug: Crete, Greece
Time: 11:16 AM EDT
I want to find out which creature begins life as the caterpillar I saw in my garden yesterday, 21st October.
How you want your letter signed: C Paylor
Dear C Paylor,
This is a Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar, Acherontia atropos, a species that gets its common name because of the skull-like markings on the thorax of the adult Death’s Head Hawkmoth. There are some nice images on the Natural History Museum of Crete website.
Thank you so much for your speedy response. It’s nice to know what creatures are living in your garden.