The Caterpillar Chronicles.

For the benefit of all those who have requested more caterpillars, I have compiled an omnibus edition.

I have always had a penchant for caterpillars in reeking jars on the bedroom windowsill, but now I have grown up (!) I can usually raise them to maturity. No caterpillars were hurt in the taking of these photographs.

Starting with a nice little quintet.

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Caterpillar in a Travelodge; I had to take my Death’s Head Hawkmoth caterpillars with me because no one else in the family would touch them.

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Latency – they finally pupated!

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Vulvular caterpillage – this distressing condition is fortunately very rare.

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Chain of fools.

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This young hawk moth larva is blissfully unaware that it is reading the Guardian upside down.

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Lederhosen: shiny, shiny, shiny suit of leather.

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Serving suggestion.

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Puss on boot: a puss moth caterpillar settles for my husband’s walking boot as a suitable site to make its cocoon.

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Another day, another caterpillar catastrophe. When I got back from the shops I discovered I had been wearing a caterpillar under my coat.

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Last night I dreamt of mandibles.

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More travels with caterpillars – this time on the Megabus from Dundee to Skye – sorry about poor quality pic.

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I like a nice cup of tea in the morning.

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And a nice plate of Samia Ricini larvae for my tea.

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Oh Rose! thou art sick.

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Accessorise; my Luna moth has hatched.

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So have my puss moths. And they started getting jiggy with it straight away!

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With the resultant jazzy caterpillars – I think they have a touch of the Commedia about them with their harlequin patterns.

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Stylish Privet Hawk – loving the stripes!

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Least said soonest mended.

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