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Death's-head hawkmoth caterpillar

Acherontia lachesis


The usual colour variety of the caterpillar is yellow (See ) but green and grey forms occur. The grey color form is much rarer (but there is an even rarer dark form).


Observed on goldfussia (Strobilanthes sp.) in a large semi-urban yard/garden next to a disturbed patch of remnant forest, in the equatorial tropics of northern New Guinea.


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Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 6 years ago

Hi Frazier! I also spotted one in Bandung, .. But I'm not really sure about the specific name..

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Sad indeed. Good luck with that, Dave.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Wow, ID was sitting right under my nose for all this time!

LuisStevens 7 years ago

You are welcome Scott. Keep the spottings coming.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Thanks Luis!

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Great shot Scott!

Dangermouse 10 years ago

Wow, the detail on the body is just amazing!

Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier


Spotted on Apr 14, 2011
Submitted on Jul 31, 2011

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