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Convolvulus Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Agrius convolvuli


This cat was found on a basil plant in my husband's permaculture garden, so he brought it home so I could raise it with my students. Several days ago, I was lucky enough to watch him finish molting (Pic #1) at about 8:30 in the morning. When I checked in on him around 3:30 pm that day, he had turned a dark color (Pic #2). I have seen both forms on our basil plants before, but I am still unsure of his ID. Because I have never seen them on our nightshade plants, I assume he is not a tomato hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata) although that's the closest I can find in terms of his appearance. He has grown quite a bit in the past few days and I have made him a place where he can burrow to pupate so we are hoping he does. But would love if I could ID him without having to wait for the adult to emerge. Will try to get a better photo of the dark form.


basil plant in a cultivated desert garden

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maplemoth662 9 months ago

Thank you, Bernadette S....

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 months ago

@maplemoth662, Yes, and I loved how it changed colors so quickly!

maplemoth662 9 months ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 10 months ago

I think I've found his ID! :-)

دهب, جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Lat: 28.50, Long: 34.50

Spotted on Sep 5, 2017
Submitted on Sep 5, 2017

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