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Spotting

Description:

About 5" long.

Habitat:

Garden

1 Species ID Suggestions

Death's-head Hawk Moth Caterpillar
Acherontia styx Acherontia styx


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10 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Great spotting - welcome to Project Noah!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Okay. Thanks for the information, Scott, Urifah, and Bayucca. It seems safest to just keep this at Acherontia sp., then. ;-)

UrifahRidlo
UrifahRidlo 9 years ago

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/764...
its the link of the similar spotting

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/693... Acherontia lachesis New Guinea

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

I have gathered this range information, though I am not 100% sure of legitimacy.
Acherontia atropos is more of a Euro-African species, found only on the continents of Europe and Africa, and a little bit of very west Asia. Acherontia styx appears to be the only one which extends southward into Malaysia. Acherontia lachesis seems to reach more Eastward than southward, being found in parts of the Philippines and the Hawaiian Islands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acherontia_...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acherontia_...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acherontia_...

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

What about Acherontia lachesis??
http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxonimage/id193...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/taiwan_moth...
I didn't find a good clue for separating the Styx and Lachesis. What do you think, Jacob?

FrancisPhang
FrancisPhang 9 years ago

Thanks. I just read up on your ID. I did not know it is found in Malaysia!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Acherontia atropos doesn't extend to Malaysia, though a very similar Acherontia styx does.

ShishirS
ShishirS 9 years ago

It is Acherontia atropos caterpillar :)

FrancisPhang
Spotted by
FrancisPhang

Kuching, Malaysia

Spotted on Jun 5, 2012
Submitted on Dec 9, 2012

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