Pine Hawk-Moth (Hyloicus pinastri) - larva
I've never seen a caterpillar even approaching this size before. This beautiful monster is the caterpillar of the Pine Hawk-Moth, and it was on the boardwalk at Thursley Common, Surrey just below a Scots Pine. In fact as I was shooting these shots, another fell from the tree as well!
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