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Pandora Sphinx caterpillar

Pandora Sphinx caterpillar
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Copyright: Hernan Tolosa (saguzar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1095 W: 72 N: 1394] (7202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-01-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Zenith 12 XP
Exposure: f/16
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-26 17:25
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Sphingidae

Genus: Eumorpha

Species: E. pandorus

Pandora Sphinx ( Eumorpha pandorus )

Its length is of about 6 cm and its wide one of 1 cm
Camera: Zenith xp12, 58 mm lens and one magnifying glass.
film:Kodak Ultra 400

The Pandora sphinx moth (Eumorpha pandorus), also called the Pandorus Sphinx Moth is a North American moth in the Sphingidae family. It is a large, greenish gray moth with darker patches and pink edges and small pink eye spots. The underside is usually pale yellow-green or brown. It has a wingspan of 3 1/4 - 4 1/2 inches (8.2 - 11.5 cm), females being slightly larger than males. Pandora sphinx moths fly during dusk. Some places see only one generation a year, while others see two.

Life cycle
Female adults lay translucent green eggs singly on leaves of the host plant, mainly Vitis (grapes), and Parthenocissus (Virginia creeper). Caterpillars are large, green or red with a swollen third thorax segment into which the head and first two thoractic segments can be drawn. The abdomen has a small white spot on the second segment, and big white oval spots the last five spiracles. They also have the characteristic "horn" at the end of the abdomen, until it is replaced by a button in it's last instar. Larvae consume copious amounts of foliage, and when they are ready they climb down their host plant and burrow underground. There they pupate. The pupa is dark brown in color, quite slender, and has a long cremaster. There the pupa will remain for either a couple of weeks or a couple of months, depending on the generation. When the pupa is ready, it wiggles to the surface just prior to eclosion. The newly emerged adults then climb on a plant or some other surface, and pump fluid into their wings to extend them. Females emit pheromones at night, and males fly into the wind to pick up and track the pheromone plume.

Bright green or red-brown with swollen third thorax segment into which head and first 2 thoracic segments can be drawn. Abdomen with small white to yellow spot on segment 2 and large oval spots around spiracle on third to seventh segments. Whiplike horn of early instars replaced with button in last stage. Thorax and anterior abdominal segments with dorsal , black spotting. Achemon sphinx ( E. achemon ) brown, orange-brown or yellow-brown, with larger lateral spots divided into 3 compartments. Food: grape family.



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Hola Hernan.
Los colores y texturas son preciosos. La verdad es que teneis insectos espectaculares en Argentina. Hace ya más de un año desaparecio de TN sin causa aparente y sin dejar rastro un amigo, Ricardo [RAP] que mostraba excelentes fotos de la fauna y flora argentina. Esta foto me lo recordo ahora.
Gracias por compartirla. Saludos transoceanicos.

Olá Herman,
Bela foto, ótimas cores parabéns!!

Hi Hernan,
Very unique looking caterpillar. Amazing colors, detail, and texture here. I can't help with the ID, but it is a wild looking creature.

I cannot help with an ID. Beautiful colours. Very good detail and DOF.

Well done and TFS

beautiful caterpillar, Hernan. Not much help with identification. I just watch and enjoy your photo.

Saludos, Petru

I like the POV, Comp, Sharpness and detail in your close up of the specimen. TFS, Sheriff

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-27 5:07]
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Fantastic photo!
What a "fat" caterpillar!
Wonderful orange colour!
Excellent on details!
Very good sharpness!
Very nice BG!

bonjour hernan
tres belle macro avec de jolies couleurs vives.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-28 11:16]

Hello Hernan!
Wonderful close up.This caterpillar is new to me.
Colors,clear details,POV,framing and composition
are excellent.TFS...:-)

uma foto muito boa porque tem uma nitidez, luz e cores excelentes!

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-01-30 20:46]

Muito boa macro. Boa definição. Nitidez. Cores e composição.
Muito bom trabalho professor!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-31 17:17]

Hello Hernan,
Very nice composition, vivid colours & great detail Dof + Pov are perfect.


Magnifica macro de oruga nunca la vi en argentina en que zona se tomo?yo agrego lupas amis camaras digitales para foto macro

Hola Hernan,
That's for sure a caterpillar of Eumorpha hawkmoth (Sphingidae, Philampelini), it looks more like E. triangulum although as far as I know this species is not recorded in Argentina.

Very interesting to see this. We occasionally get very large caterpillars here (Maryland, USA) that are bright green with all sorts of antennae that look like something from outer space - this may be a cousin!!


A beautiful catterpillar, Good picture, and well composed, try to compose/arrange the stalk diagonally and see how it makes the picture more interesting

Goutham R

WoW!!! beautiful Oruga, Hernan!!!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-23 12:10]
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Hola Hernan.
Vaya pedazo de macro que lograste, excelente fotografia, tienes una muy buena lupa,la oruga jamas la habia visto, intentaremos documentarnos para identificarla.muy buenos colores y detalles.

P.D. Ahora si creo no equivocarme que tu oruga es una Pandorus sphinx.

Hi Hernan, Excellent photo. Pity your point of focus is a bit out at the top of the caterpillar. Otherwise well done and keep on shootin!!

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