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Snowberry Clearwing Hawk Moth Caterpillar - Hemaris diffinis

MotherNature

Green Lane, United States

Artist's Description

This is a dark phase of this caterpillar. It is more commonly a greenish yellow and some phases are a mix. I never saw this before. This caterpillar was munching happily on a bush honeysuckle, although they like Dogbane and Snowberry. Hawk moths are also called Sphinx moths or Hummingbird moths; this particular type flies during the day and drinks nectar, so you’ll find them feeding at flowers. Their wingspan can be up to 2 inches. I think they look like flying crawfish.
There are generally two hatches a year – three in some areas.
This caterpillar was photographed at Green Lane Reservoir in Red Hill, Pennsylvania, USA, on September 26, 2012.
You can have some fun reading about them at:
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Hema...
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Here is another view

Snowberry Clearwing Hawk Moth Caterpillar – Hemaris diffinis
by MotherNature

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