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Giant Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

Cocytius antaeus

Description:

Mature caterpillars are large ( 20.81 g) and have a horn at the rear end. In the last instars, larvae are uniform green with a dark purple center back line and a very sharp white posterior side slash with some dark green on both sides.

Habitat:

Females deposit eggs singly on leaves of various species of the family Annonaceae. This one was found in a Annona muricata tree. . Distribution: From Brazil through Central America and into the southern parts of California, Texas, and Florida in the United States.

Notes:

Moths emerge approximately 30 days after larvae pupate underground.

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3 Comments

Jessie Aguilar
Jessie Aguilar a year ago

Gracias maplemoth662!

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

muy hermoso....

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

una hermosa oruga....

Jessie Aguilar
Spotted by
Jessie Aguilar

Provincia Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Lat: 10.21, Long: -84.69

Spotted on May 20, 2018
Submitted on May 21, 2018

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