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Vine Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Hippotion celerio


Found munching on my grape vine

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bayucca 8 years ago

As European I certainly know about the geographical and political finer points of that region, but didn't know how to handle these in a wildlife context. So thanks for these infos and interesting link.

MarieBrindley 8 years ago

Thank you bayucca! Cyprus is a small island in the Mediterranean just off the south coast of Turkey. The South of the island is in Europe (Greek), i am in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is not in Europe. Yes, there are endemic species, after a little more research i found this web site where you can select the country if you would like more info :)

bayucca 8 years ago

That was actually my suggestion after doing a little research, but you were faster ;-)... Hippotion celerio! Cyprus is quite a tricky country. Is is mediterranean or just southern Europe? Is it Eurasian? Are there any endemic species (How "closed" is Cyprus). I think Celerio is a reasonable candidate.

MarieBrindley 8 years ago

Thank you for the suggestions. I'm still looking to see which one as they all have various markings, but he was quite a plain green.

Latimeria 8 years ago

I agree with Nuwan: judging from the "horn" at the end of its abdomen, it looks to be in the family Sphingidae, the hawk moths.

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

looks like a hawk moth caterpillar

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Spotted on Dec 11, 2011
Submitted on Feb 10, 2012

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