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Spurge Hawk Moth caterpillar

Hyles euphorbiae


I think it is devoring another smaller caterpillar. I found two big caterpillars in the same plant: this one red and another yellow, that I post next.


They feed on plants of Euphorbia genus from which they pick up toxic components to protect them against predators.

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maplemoth662 6 years ago

A very beautiful caterpillar....

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 8 years ago

Wonderful caterpillar Marta!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Carnivorous caterpillars !!? It certainly looks dangerous. :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Thanks! I am not sure if it is the skin or a smaller caterpillar. I would not expect them to molt skin...

sunnyjosef 8 years ago

Lovely caterpillar!! Beautiful find Marta..

Hannah Davis
Hannah Davis 8 years ago

Gorgeous :) I wonder if it's eating its own skin there...

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Vlaanderen, Belgium

Spotted on Jun 19, 2015
Submitted on Aug 15, 2015

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