Tony James

Tony James

Posted on 06/30/2014


Photo taken on July  1, 2014



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EsMj067 Hyles dahlii Larva

EsMj067 Hyles dahlii Larva
Sphingidae - Final Length: 85mm
Around 20 last instar larvae were found in clumps of Euphorbia bordering the road near a Reservoir on a day drive. Thought to be larvae of Hyles euphorbiae (Spurge Hawkmoth), and mentioned as that in our second Newsletter, the ID has been corrected by Martin Honey (NHM) to be a rarer species Hyles dahlii (Thanks Martin). Six were collected at the time from here.

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Rockwolf
Rockwolf
The caterpillar's just as impressive!
3 years ago.
Tony James has replied to Rockwolf
Yes, I must admit that it was exciting finding these, particularly as they were almost full grown. At the time, though, I thought that I'd finally found some Spurge Hawkmoth larvae, as theywere one species I wanted to find. However, something even more exotic will do just as well! :)
3 years ago.
Lowdown
Lowdown
Wow those markings re fantastic.
3 years ago.
C.Rayz
C.Rayz
Oh wow! That is an amazing animal.
3 years ago.
Tony James
Tony James
Thanks everyone! They were an exciting find, and better even when they turned out to be something more interesting than I thought.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.