Remember this post back from November? It describes our encounters with some extremely large caterpillars, five or so inches in length, that were feasting on my Orange Bell plants. They were the caterpillar for a type of Sphynx moth called "Nandina Rustica", and are common here after the monsoons. They apparently bury themselves underground over the winter, during which time they metamorphose into "Rustic Sphynx Moths". All of them it seems, except this one...............
I went outside yesterday afternoon and found this chap enjoying my Orange Bell plants. He seemed to be a solitary fellow, and after his brief appearance has disappeared. Is he confused? Does he not know that he is meant to be safely buried underground awaiting his transformation at this time of year? I wonder whether the warm weather has hatched a new batch, of which he is one?
Anyway, whatever the reason, it was nice to see one again, they really are amazing, and the girls and I enjoyed admiring him for several hours.
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