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Green Hawk Moth

Pergesa acteus

Notes:

I took care of the caterpillar which was about to be smashed by the gardener and fed it in a plastic container until it pupated and yesterday it emerged to become this beautiful moth. I have already released it into the wild last night. I still have 3 more which emerged this morning and their wings are starting to unfold slowly. I have documented its metamorphosis from caterpillar to chrysalis to adulthood. It was an experience like no other.



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Green Hawk Moth
Pergesa acteus Green Hawk Moth

77 Comments (1–25)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Thanks Lauren

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Thanks MeredithNudo, Adarsha B S and LaurenZarate

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Wonderful series and both the caterpillars and the moths are gorgeous! Congratulations on your success.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Excellent spotting!

MeredithNudo
MeredithNudo 6 years ago

The colors are stunning!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Thanks Fyn Kynd

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Thanks meeyauw and Dragonfly Hunter.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Wicked Moth! Great story too! :D

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

I saw this one when you posted it. Next time, I'll try harder to stay awake... :-)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Thanks Noel and Maria dB

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing the update, Jolly. They are beautiful and it's great you were able to release them.

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 6 years ago

Good work kabayan Jolly!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Update: The 2 caterpillars which was given to me last July 31 pupated August 3 and emerged August 18. It took them 15 days to emerge and turned out to be green hawk moths. I was a bit late to document while they were emerging. They were already out of the chrysalis when I noticed them. They were released into the wild yesterday August 19. Pictures #2 to #5 are the newly emerged moths.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

After the 3 died, a neighbor came by and handed me 2 caterpillars. Instead of killing it, they decided to give it to me. I think its also a green hawk moth. Stay put folks for updates.

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Sorry about the sad end of this beautiful story. You did your best! The survivor will be King of Pergasa!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Update: The last 3 moths that failed to open their wings already died. I placed them in the freezer until I can find a preservative for them for future study.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Thanks Sachin Zaveri

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Congratulations

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Thanks Argybee, asergio and Maria dB

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

So interesting! Congratulations and thanks for sharing this with us.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

Congratulations, Jolly. A great photo, as usual.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Congrats jolly... great moth.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Gracias ti Jolly :):)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Muchas gracias Gerardo

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Congratulations Jolly wonderful find :)

Zamboanga City, Basilan, Philippines

Lat: 6.91, Long: 122.07

Spotted on Jul 27, 2012
Submitted on Jul 28, 2012

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