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|We came across this beautiful caterpillar on our walk today, at the foot of a willow tree by our neighborhood lake.|
Thanks to Bill Oehlke of the Sphingidae Site for the ID.
Thanks to Peter Roos (Batu) for pointing me to the Sphingidae Site.
One-eyed Sphinx or Cerisy's Sphinx
Smerinthus cerisyi, known as One-eyed Sphinx or Cerisy's Sphinx, is a species of hawk moth found in North America.
Females have a relatively short tongue length of 5 mm and readily deposit all their eggs (100+) within 5 or 6 days without any feeding.
Spherical, pale green eggs are difficult to distinguish from other Sphingidae eggs.
Eggs, which are usually deposited singly or in pairs, incubate for six to eight days.
Larval growth is rapid (3-4 weeks) on either willow or poplar.
Pupation usually occurs within 4 to 5 days.
To see a picture of the adult moth, click on:
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Ciao Manyee, great macro with beautiful caterpillar, fantastic brigth color, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
What a fascinating caterpillar, not only for the striking neon green colour but also for the blue almost turquoise horn it has on its forehead. It displays beautifully against the tree bark as background and I fancy the segmented body. That is also one of the reasons why I like to walk with my camera as one's eye pick up lots of interesting things to photograph. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
- [2010-06-27 23:49]
Thit is a very spectacular picture with amazing sharpness, details and impressive green color.Great light and composition.TFS.
The color & exposure look great, nice detail & well seen against this contrasting BG..sorry, can't help with that ID.
Love the blue "horn" though :)
- [2010-06-29 9:20]
this is a caterpillar from the hawkmoth family, Sphingidae. Perhaps it is possible to identify the species here:
Best wishes, Peter