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Spurge Hawkmoth; Esfinge de la Lechetrezna

Hyles euphorblae


Big Sphingidae moth with grey forewings with an almost square olive-brown blotch. At the base it has another olive-brown blotch near the middle, and a long oblique band of the same colour, commencing in a point at the extreme apex of the wing, and gradually growing wider until it reaches the margin, where it is very broad. Hind wings are pink, with a black blotch at the base, and a black band half-way between this black blotch and the margin, with a snowy-white blotch at the anal angle. The thorax and the body are olive-brown coloured, with a white line on each side of the thorax just at the base of the wings. This line runs on each side along the head just above the eye, and the two meet at the nose; the body has on each side at the base two square black spots and two square white spots, and beyond them, nearer the apex, and also on each side, are three white lines. The caterpillar is very big and with vivid colours.


Spotted at sand dunes near the coast.


A caterpillar from the same location can be seen at: Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 200. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired

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arlanda 5 years ago

Thanks Irina

IrinaSh 5 years ago

Nice photos,Arlanda.The bright colors this Hawkmoth.

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Principado de Asturias, Spain

Spotted on Aug 28, 2015
Submitted on Nov 10, 2015

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