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Hyles euphorbiae caterpillar

Hyles euphorbiae caterpillar
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Copyright: Tina Dreghici (Tina) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-15
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-19 0:35
Viewed: 2754
Points: 24
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Encountered this colorful fella ! He was a fast mover :-) but got it !Thank you for the help with the ID ....Thanks

About Hyles euphorbiae caterpillar from Wikipedia : The caterpillar is smooth and black, with innumerable whitish dots; there are also eleven large spots of the same colour arrayed in a row on each side of the back, and beneath these as many spots of the same size and of a bright coral-red colour; the head is of the same coral-red colour, and a line of the same colour runs all along the back, from the head to the horn; the horn is red at the base and black at the tip. It feeds on sea-spurge. The chrysalis is pale brown and delicately lined and dotted with black in the manner of network; it buries itself in the loose dry sand on the sea coast.

The eggs are covered with liquid gum, which enables them to stick on the small leaves of the spurge. In a fortnight these hatch and produce little black caterpillars; the white and red spots appear as the caterpillar increases in size, and in a few weeks it becomes a most beautiful object, and so conspicuous as to attract the sea-gulls and terns, which devour them in numbers. We have never had the pleasure of finding either the caterpillar or perfect moth. Our description of the caterpillar is taken from the Entomological Magazine."
This information was taken from the public-domain The Illustrated Natural History of British Moths (1869) by Edward Newman.

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Hi Tina
Can't help You with the ID.Wonderful species,lovely colours and details.Thank You
Have a good day!
Kind regards

BUG GUIDE is a great place to get an id


Great shot, can't wait to hear what type of butterfly it will become!

Hi Tina,
Excellent photo of this little guy. It looks like the Hyles euphorbiae caterpillar to me. Waiting for confirmation. Anyway, well done.

Hello Tina,
An excellent capture with striking colors, sharpness & details. Well presented & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


hi Tina,
lovely capture of this caterpillar. i believe, Greg is correct. this is a caterpillar of 'Hyles euphorbiae'. Brenda, this beautiful caterpillar is going to turn into a moth someday. and as a matter of fact, Spurge Hawk-moth is no less beautiful than a butterfly :)

a good shot, Tina. tfs.


hallo Tina
this is a beauty with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15611] (65309)
  • [2012-09-19 10:48]

Hi Tina,i'm in delay for the ID but i'm there to give you my best compliments for this magnificent capture,great specie,spectacular design,details and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-09-19 11:26]

Hello Tina.
Wonderful close up of this Spurge Hawk-moth caterpillar.POV,lighting contrast and BG,details and composition are excellent.Best regards Siggi

Buna Tina,
O imagine superb realizata avand detalii, culori si compozitie extrem de reusita.
Nu stiu carei specii de fluturi apartine caci nu am mai intalnit-o pana acum. Culorile vii sunt excelente si focusul perfect.
Numai bine!

great subject you have here, well captures with all sharpness ;)

no clue about the ID


Hello Tina
Interesting subject and beautiful photo with wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Salut Tina,
Foarte frumoase culori si focus foarte bun.Imi place si fundalul cu ciulinii estompati!
Numai bine, Valerian!

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