Eyed Hawkmoth Caterpillar from the UK

Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Cheshire uk
August 26, 2016 4:23 am
Found on an Apple tree
Signature: Bikl

Eyed Hawkmoth Caterpillar
Eyed Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Bikl,
Thank you for supplying the name of the host tree.  That information helped us to quickly identify this as the Caterpillar of an Eyed Hawkmoth,
Smerinthus ocellata, and according to UK Safari:  “The caterpillars, which can be found between June and September, feed on a variety of trees including; apple, willow, and aspen. ”  According to UK Moths:  “The green caterpillars resemble those of the Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi), but have a bluish-coloured spike at the rear. They feed on sallow (Salix), apple (Malus) and several other trees.”

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