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Large striped green caterpillar

Observed: 4th September 2011 By: Barnmead
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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A large bright green caterpillar with white and purple stripes and tiny white dots along both sides. Also has a pointed cream and black tail. About 6 cm long. Beginning to defoliate a Viburnum tinus. Is it some kind of hawkmoth?

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Species with which Privet Hawk-Moth (Sphinx ligustri) interacts


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very nice caterpillar and stunning when it turns into a moth,lovely find,rather jealous as I only ever find sawfly larva and common butterfly caterpillars


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Thank you!

Thank you! Apparently, it is the habit of rising up in a sphinx-like way that gives it its scientific name.


JKay1011's picture

Privet Hawk moth

Spotted this yesterday in my privet hedge, North Milton Keynes and was looking for it's ID. I wondered if it was a hawk moth at it was so big. Thanks