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Larva of sphinx moth on a plant in the garden. The light green and white colors, and subtle lines on its body facilitates its camouflage in this environment. It often mimics a leaf on a branch when it perceives trouble. This is a common tactic employed by hornworms to remain undetected by possible prey. This hornworm is a voracious feeder. Found foraging on leaves almost all afternoon.


In the hedge in the garden.

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dotun55 10 years ago

Thanks for the effort. But my region is not recorded to have this species. Well, except...

Sphingid_Matt 10 years ago

Then your best guess has to be a young not full grown Pachylia ficus im most certain it is that.

dotun55 10 years ago

@venusflytrap2000. Maduca sexta, tobacco hornworm is all you find on result page one of a search for hornworm. Initially, I was doubtful that both hornworms would be related in any way on account of their geo-locations.

@Sphingid_Matt. Very possibly a species of ficcus. The plant is grown as a hedge in the garden. It secrets a white sticky fluid.

Sphingid_Matt 10 years ago

What food plant was it on?

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

Hornworm, manduca genus. I'm too lazy to search for the exact species ;) maybe manduca sexta or manduca quinquemaculata? not sure, but here's a link to try:

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Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Spotted on May 31, 2014
Submitted on Jun 4, 2014

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