Phragmatobia fuliginosa, backyard, Greece by Panagiotis Dalagiorgos

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A Phragmatobia fuliginosa caterpillar I found in my backyard. It was resting on a dry spearmint branch, and was pretty hard to see because of the surrounding dry vegetation, which had similar colours and shape. I always check the spearmint because it's usually home to Pisaura sp. spiders and I was trying to shoot them, but I found this beauty instead. I took this photo on 1/2/2021. The weather was pretty mild for the season, with relatively high temperatures and no wind, so the caterpillar was probably enjoying the sun. It stood perfectly still for a long time, so I had the chance to take a lot of pictures before it felt annoyed and started moving. I will keep an eye for it in the next few weeks, to see if I will be able to capture all of its transformations until it becomes an adult moth and flies off. I am really fascinated by Lepidoptera, so I started studying them as a hobby, and my photography collection helps a great deal with that, plus it's more ethical than actually collecting the specimens.

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