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Sword grass moth

Xylena exsoleta


Large green caterpillar (aprox 5-6cm long), with two thin yellow lines along the back and small black marks with white center. Yellow head. Edit: a species of moth of the family Noctuidae.


Meadow in montane zone, somewhere between 1000-1200m altitude. Coniferous forest nearby, a few young firs, spruce trees very close to the spot.


It was moving quite fast so I couldn't get a very good shot. I think it might be something in the Sphingidae family, but I couldn't identify the species. EDIT: Noctuidae family, thanks SukanyaDatta for the ID!


Alex C.
Alex C. 3 years ago

Yeah, it really did not enjoy the attention :D Thanks, Hema!

Hema 3 years ago

usually when they are moving fast they are ready to pupate.

maplemoth662 3 years ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

Alex C.
Alex C. 4 years ago

Thanks SukanyaDatta!

Alex C.
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Spotted on Jul 10, 2017
Submitted on Jul 14, 2017

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