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Ray Purser Photography | profile | all galleries >> EUROPEAN WILD BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS >> moths >> LIME HAWKMOTH (From Egg to Adult ) tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

LIME HAWKMOTH (From Egg to Adult )

Followed this Lime Hawkmoth from egg to beautiful adult, noting all the different colour stages of the caterpillar. They were fed on foliage from the Lime tree and when they got to the stage where the colours changed to shades of blue, they began to wander in search of soil.They usually dig down near to the host tree were they turn to chysalis and remain buried until May of the following year.
EGGS.
EGGS.
4 Days old
4 Days old
Caterpillar at 2wks
Caterpillar at 2wks
4 Weeks old.
4 Weeks old.
Full grown.
Full grown.
Searching.
Searching.
Digging in.
Digging in.
Going
Going
Almost gone.
Almost gone.
Chrysalis
Chrysalis
Adult.(Female)
Adult.(Female)
Lime hawkmoth.
Lime hawkmoth.