African Emperor Caterpillar and Moth


African Emperor Caterpillars (Bunaea alcinoe) becomes an Common Emperor Moth

Who would have guessed with a little reseach, reality hits home about what you photographed and what it most probably is.

In the garden during November a couple of years ago, this catepillar crossing the lawn in my front garden.

As usual I take a number of pics to make sure I have every angle.

During the January once again in the garden I came across this Moth under the tree and looked like the end of it’s days.

Next day alas it was dead, so I picked it up to measure it.

So months later it is realised that if this catepillar is the same moth three months later, it actually died about 2 to 3 meters from where it wriggling through the grass.

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