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Privet hawk moth catterpillar

Sphinx ligustri

Description:

Large catterpillar (~8cm long), light green, with diagonal white and pink stripes along both sides of the body. Black and yellow spike on the back.

Habitat:

Feeds on privets, as well as ash trees, lilacs, jasmine, and a number of other plants. Found it in my garden.

Notes:

Larvae are usually found between July and August and bury themselves in the earth when preparing to become a pupa. They then fly in the following June. This one was moving very fast before I touched it to get some photos. It plays dead for a while, then it tried to burrow very fast to escape the photo session :)

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2 Comments

Alex C.
Alex C. 3 years ago

Thank you, maplemoth662!

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

A pretty caterpillar....

Alex C.
Spotted by
Alex C.

Botoșani, Romania

Spotted on Aug 23, 2018
Submitted on Aug 23, 2018

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