Tony James

Tony James

Posted on 06/30/2014


Photo taken on July  1, 2014


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EsMj067 Hyles dahlii Defensive Display

EsMj067 Hyles dahlii Defensive Display
Sphingidae - Wingspan 80mm.

One of the resulting adults from the Caterpillars collected during a day trip.

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Rockwolf
Rockwolf
What a stunner! Wow!
3 years ago.
Tony James has replied to Rockwolf
Even more surprising was the blue irridescent bands revealed in the abdomen when disturbed. Sadly, so far, no mating occurred, although I still have 2 male and 1 female pupae still not emerged. It would have been great to have a few of these come in to the trap, as they had a better chance of being mated previously. Perhaps we may go back to this area next year and have better luck.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
C.Rayz
C.Rayz
Oh thats gorgeous! Well done getting that pose :)
3 years ago.
Tony James has replied to C.Rayz
It wasn't difficult as it went through the display every time I disturbed it! What you can't see in a picture was the way it rocks up and down during the display, which brought all the visual effects into notice.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Tony James
Tony James
Thanks again, Jen. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your Australian Hawkmoths. They are just as impressive. I must admit a long standing interest in this insect family, and our travels usually turn up one or two species where-ever we go. Often, though, the really impressive individuals are the caterpillars, which take a bit more finding.
3 years ago.