Montana Outdoors

September 16, 2010

Leafy spurge hawk moth caterpillar

Filed under: Butterflies — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:47 pm

I’ve seen the moth and it’s very pretty, but this is the first mature larva that I’ve encountered. I wondered at the strategy that produced those colors (but it worked today because the color caught my attention before I stepped on it – it was marching down the middle of the trail!).

Spurge Hawk-Moth Caterpillar

Spurge Hawk-Moth Caterpillar

It’s an interesting little individual. Here is some information about it.

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