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Caribbean
St Lucia
Pseudosphinx
Sphingidae
2006
Wildlife
caterpillar
tetrio
Hawk
Moth
Sphinx


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SL60J Pseudosphinx tetrio (Great Grey Sphinx)

SL60J Pseudosphinx tetrio (Great Grey Sphinx)
These monster caterpillars, which can reach 150-170mm long, can be found commonly throughout the Caribbean, and finally produce a large Grey Hawkmoth (In America they are called Sphinx Moths). Eggs are laid in batches (~150) on Frangipani bushes, with thick leaves filled with poisonous sap (hence their warning colour). A few batches laid on a big bush can easily denude it completely of leaves when they get bigger, so they are of pest status. Many larvae were found on the garden border adjacent to the Spa building at the top of the Hotel Grounds, having been told about them by staff.

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