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Death's-head hawkmoth caterpillar

Acherontia lachesis

Description:

The usual colour variety of the caterpillar is yellow (See http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/693... ) but green and grey forms occur. The grey color form is much rarer (but there is an even rarer dark form).

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

See also https://www.flickr.com/photos/charaxes14... and http://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/nis/bulletin201...

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7 Comments

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 6 years ago

Hi Frazier! I also spotted one in Bandung, http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/248... .. 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
LuisStevens 7 years ago

You are welcome Scott. Keep the spottings coming.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Thanks Luis!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Great shot Scott!

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 10 years ago

Wow, the detail on the body is just amazing!

Scott Frazier
Spotted by
Scott Frazier

Indonesia

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

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