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Galium Sphinx

Hyles gallii

Description:

The caterpillar is very smooth, black and shiny. It has whitish-yellow spots along it's sides, and I found it was very plump. It's most interesting feature is the red horn On it's head (tail?).

Habitat:

I found this caterpillar half buried under the dirt.

Notes:

These caterpillars supposedly vomit poison at predators, however they must not be very toxic because they are a good meal for Seagulls. These caterpillars were introduced into Ontario and parts of the United States. When I picked him up (not a good idea?) he reared around and curled up towards my fingers. Frightened, I dropped him, though these caterpillars are harmless.

1 Comment

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 6 years ago

This is the black form caterpillar of the Galium Sphinx. Very beautiful!

mioriitsu
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mioriitsu

Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada

Spotted on Sep 7, 2014
Submitted on Sep 7, 2014

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