Snowberry Clearwing Hawk Moth Caterpillar - Hemaris diffinis by MotherNature

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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:

Please view large to see all the details:>)

Here is another view

Snowberry Clearwing Hawk Moth Caterpillar – Hemaris diffinis
by MotherNature

I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • vigor
    vigoralmost 2 years ago

    Love this!

  • Isn’t it just the funniest thing! I do believe it looks like a Shar Pei:>)

    – MotherNature


    – MotherNature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    absolutely amazing caterpilar. you probably had fun with this big guy. this shot too is very nice ;)

  • You found the other photo! I’ll call you Sherlock:>) I really appreciate the fave and how you tracked this one down:>)

    – MotherNature

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 2 years ago

    Ha ha, now that you mention it, it really does, has just as many wrinkles!!!

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 1 year ago

    This is just too cute! What a wonderful close up…so detailed and clean! Excellent!

  • I’m so pleased you like this guy, Karen. Thanks a million for the wonderful comment and the fave – both are greatly appreciated!

    – MotherNature

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    This is such a beautiful caterpillar! Looks like many little blue buttons holding on its coat!

  • Aren’t they fun! Thank you for visiting and commenting:>)

    – MotherNature

  • snowyowls
    snowyowls17 days ago


  • Thank you so very much!

    – MotherNature

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