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04-Jul-2021 Christine Hanrahan

Abbott's sphinx moth caterpillar (Sphecodina abbottii), #7870

Ottawa East

These larvae feed on wild grape, and although I've searched wild grape vines for years I have never seen these guys, though they are considered common. I first found this one on June 20th when it was an early instar, looking very different I went back to see if I might re-locate it again and to my surprise I did, in the final, spectacular instar.

By the way, the head is tucked into the body, the part clinging to the leaf with the big "eye" is the rear end.

Panasonic DMC-FZ2000
1/1000s f/4.0 at 8.8mm iso125 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original auto
John R. Powell20-Aug-2021 22:45
What a beautiful caterpillar.. Unlike any other caterpillar I've ever seen and such a clear shot...V
Dennis Hoyne02-Aug-2021 02:55
Beautiful larva, one I have never seen and have many wild grape plants in my yard.
Sarah Rehfeldt25-Jul-2021 01:09
Excellent macro!
Fay Stout23-Jul-2021 18:21
Love it!!! V
Janet Forjan-Freedman22-Jul-2021 18:57
Very cool capture!
Doug Cruden18-Jul-2021 09:29
What a fab shot Christine, this little guy is so beautiful...and good for you for seeing one at last
Fay Stout08-Jul-2021 23:39
Oh WOW! So cool! What a great find and excellent photo! V
Pierre08-Jul-2021 21:06
Une chenille tout à fait impressionnante, une magnifique photo de cette dernière! V
hayl06-Jul-2021 23:51
It's a spectacular looking caterpillar in both stages but more so now. Good hunting to find it.
Kuriacose Joseph06-Jul-2021 21:23
Amazing capture.
Walter Otto Koenig06-Jul-2021 20:44
What a fantastic find. Unlike any other caterpillar I've ever seen. Love the detail and colors. "V"
Pierre Martin06-Jul-2021 20:03
oh yes, this is a superb picture of that beautiful caterpillar!
Ann Pettigrew06-Jul-2021 19:18
Oh, wow!!! This is one of the most striking moth caterpillars I have seen! Great find and photo!
Apostolos Tikopoulos06-Jul-2021 19:13
What an incredible macro with interesting details. V.
Industrial Heritage06-Jul-2021 17:18
This must be the most beautiful moth I have ever seen. Great capture of it.
Mairéad06-Jul-2021 17:02
This really. is a beauty and you've got a great image.V
Carl Carbone06-Jul-2021 16:41
Awesome! We're still looking for our first. Great shot.
joseantonio06-Jul-2021 16:38
fabulous macro details.V.
globalgadabout06-Jul-2021 16:35
good to know which end is up...this is a very pretty stage, and holds promise of more to come..
danad06-Jul-2021 16:33
Amazing details and colors ! BV.
Helen Betts06-Jul-2021 16:26
What a great capture of this beautiful caterpillar. V.
Don Mottershead06-Jul-2021 16:22
Beautifully photographed. V
Isabel Cutler06-Jul-2021 15:47
What a beautiful caterpillar! I have noticed some wild grape vines around my perennial garden. I will have to look for one. V.
victorswan06-Jul-2021 15:28
Wow amazing what great colors and fantastic details also very sharp lovely Work Christine BV
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