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Silver-striped Hawk-Moth Caterpillar

Hippotion celerio


This little worm is munching away at one of my beautiful local lilies, of course I dont have the heart to remove it. It will eat nearly half the plant and then disappear, does anyone know why? I have no idea what it turns into either.


Shady area in our garden. Always on a soft leaf plant that I spot them.

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Kei Heyns
Kei Heyns 8 years ago
Silver-striped Hawk-Moth
Hippotion celerio Hippotion celerio

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Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

Hi Kei Heyns, yes, this is actually a small one still. It will eat half if not all of the plant in 2/3 days, then disappear. I never see a pupa close by, so hope they all become beautiful moths....

KarenL 8 years ago

Great series Deziree!
Welcome to the Community!

Kei Heyns
Kei Heyns 8 years ago

Lovely find! Was this larvae feeding on an Arum Lily?

CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

Beautiful photos and caterpillar.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

I don't know what kind of caterpillar this is, but it is a very nice series! Welcome to Project Noah!

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Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Jul 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 30, 2012

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