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Can anyone tell me the name of the big green catapillar which is featured as number one on this page by hilda - sorry didn't wirte down rest of name. I've just found one on my patio in Suffolk - 3 inches long!

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Welcome, Penny!
It's Hildadorissen, and the caterpillar is a hornworm. When they are done eating their favored host plant, they crawl around on the ground looking for a sheltered spot with soft dirt where they can burrow in and metamorphose. The next spring, they will emerge as hawk moths--a large moth built like a stealth fighter--and whir around pollinating night blooming flowers and laying eggs. One of those hair-pulling pests that is beneficial in the adult stage!

7 Sep, 2010

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