Thursday, October 10, 2013
White-lined Sphinx Moth and Caterpillar
By coincidence someone had brought in an adult moth found in their garden a few days ago, so here are their pictures together, something I haven't seen at the same time before.
The caterpillar has the characteristic tail of all sphinx moth caterpillars, but is more boldly colored than most other sphinxes.
Unfortunately, this caterpillar has almost no chance of surviving to adulthood.
During the day the bright underwing colors are covered up as the moth camouflages itself on some tree bark or dead leaves.