Death's Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Subject: Big yellow beasty
Location: Cabrieres 34800 France
October 22, 2012 1:16 pm
We found this large caterpillar in south west France in the Herault region of Languedoc. It was on a rough road going through vines. The caterpillar was about 3-4 inches long. Had a look at a boog called Le Garrigue and can’t find anything about it. Do you know it?
Signature: Chris

Death’s Head Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Dear Chris,
Though the adult Death’s Head Hawk Moth,
Acherontia atropos, gets more publicity, due in a large part to the role it played in Silence of the Lambs and the thoracic markings that resemble a skull, we tend to get more sightings of the caterpillar of the Death’s Head Hawk Moth.

Hi Daniel
Thank you for the information. We are quite a bit further north than the other sightings but very rural so we get all sorts of things.
Chris Sparks JP

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