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


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14 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks Both!

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 9 years ago

congratulations!!!

AngieFairs
AngieFairs 9 years ago

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

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks Very Much!!

Latimeria
Latimeria 9 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 9 years ago

Congrats!

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 9 years ago

Congrats!

peter
peter 9 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 9 years ago

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

leahcklehn
leahcklehn 9 years ago

It looks like a caterpillar dragon! So cool!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

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

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

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

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Love the colors.

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 9 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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