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Giant Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

Cocytius antaeus


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.


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.


Moths emerge approximately 30 days after larvae pupate underground.

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Jessie Aguilar
Jessie Aguilar 3 years ago

Gracias maplemoth662!

maplemoth662 3 years ago

muy hermoso....

maplemoth662 3 years ago

una hermosa oruga....

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Jessie Aguilar

Provincia Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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

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