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Hawkmoth caterpillar in SE Kent

Observed: 31st October 2009 By: Health Inspector
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Description:
Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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

Comments

Vinny's picture

Nearby foodplants?

If privet or lilac is growing near to where you found it, this would help with the ID as they are the two most common foodplants of Privet Hawk-moth.

Vinny

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The purple and white flashes

The purple and white flashes combined with the dark horn are diagnostic of Privet Hawk

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Privet Hawk-moth

I agree that it's a Privet Hawk-moth. I reared one of them. As Vinny says, it looks like it's ready to pupate.