Miniature sarcophagus

in insects •  2 months ago

I noticed this on top of the freshly-dug earth around my house and couldn't believe my eyes at the size of it:

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On my hand for comparison

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Unfortunately it was damaged by the digging and the moth inside has died. It's a pupating hawk moth of some kind. The caterpillars of this moth are one of those huge caterpillars that can eat up half the garden in one week. Last summer, I noticed that something ate my leopard lily leaves down to nothing although I never did find the culprit but I think that it must have been one of these caterpillars. They pupate underground and emerge in spring.

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The head looks like a gas mask and the pipe-like object is a proboscis sheath, which got broken when it was dug up.

Definitely an example of art imitating nature, this is like something out of H.R. Giger

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Very interesting!!!
This is the first time I've seen this!
Great photo!

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Thank you

Nunca había visto o escuchado algo igual, la naturaleza es algo que nunca deja de sorprender.

It looks amazing

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The weirdness of the insect world is fascinating

Nature is pretty amazing! It almost looks like something that would hold an alien creature in a scary sci-fi movie.

=^..^=

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Insects are completely sci-fi, I love that about them

That is HUGE! A caterpillar that big that could eat half a garden in a week!? My goodness. The external covering looks pretty tough and solid. Nothing like the little cocoon I have.

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I am exaggerating just a little but they certaily do a lot of damage to a plant

Yes, Giger :)
That name immediately recalls Jodorowsky's Dune in my mind.

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Exactly

Its amazing how many unusual things you are finding by digging underground.

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I am always on the lookout for things like that

Amaxing! At first I thought it was some kind of old pottery from ancient time!!
This looks like alien pot from other galaxy!!