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Death's-head hawkmoth caterpillar

Acherontia lachesis

Description:

This is the most common color form of the Acherontia lachesis caterpillar. They also occur (with increasing rarity) in green, grey and dark forms.

Habitat:

Found in coastal zone lowland rainforest.

Notes:

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

1 Species ID Suggestions

peter
peter 10 years ago
Death's head hawkmoth caterpillar
Acherontia atropos Acherontia atropos Linnaeus 1758


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14 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thanks Both!

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 10 years ago

congratulations!!!

AngieFairs
AngieFairs 10 years ago

Ive never seen one before, fantastic thank you for sharing :)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thanks Very Much!!

Latimeria
Latimeria 10 years ago

That's a neat twirl it has on its posterior horn, I've only seen hornworms with straight ones until now.

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Congrats!

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 10 years ago

Congrats!

peter
peter 10 years ago

Spotting of the day!

"The skull pattern on a Death's-head Hawkmoth has been referenced in The Silence of the Lambs & Bram Stoker's Dracula."

http://facebook.com/projectnoah/posts/13...
http://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/10...

CoraVajnai
CoraVajnai 10 years ago

The tail is simply ADORABLE!!!!! :D

leahcklehn
leahcklehn 10 years ago

It looks like a caterpillar dragon! So cool!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thanks Peter and dandoucette for the suggestions and everyone for the compliments.

dandoucette
dandoucette 10 years ago

Peter is right with the ID. I saw this in Philippines.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/632...

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Love the colors.

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 10 years ago

Brilliant photo! Such a great shot.

Scott Frazier
Spotted by
Scott Frazier

Indonesia

Spotted on Apr 5, 2011
Submitted on Jul 29, 2011

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