A rather large caterpillar here, it was perhaps an inch and a half long (that's 1½ in old numbers)...
After a little bit of research I have identified it as the caterpillar of a Dot moth, Latin name as in the title, Melanchra persicariae.
This one was originally munching on a penstemon leaf, but for the compositional aid, I used a wisteria to allow it to take up a position which allowed a clearer view.
The caterpillar is more interesting than the moth in truth, the moth being a rather boring black colour with a dot on each wing...
Sigma 105 lens, 3 images stacked and finished in CombineZP.
Camera Maker: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 550D
Image Date: 2010-09-16 22:50:41 +0000
Focal Length: 105mm
Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125)
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure Mode: Manual
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: Yes (Manual)
Color Space: sRGB
Photographer: Paul Iddon
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