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Horned Caterpillars

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One morning I noticed that the leaves on my grapevine were disappearing and it didn't take long to find the culprit. A rather large, green caterpillar was steadily munching his way through them with great relish. This type of caterpillar are among the easiest to identify; when you see a large caterpillar with a horn sticking out of the back end you can be pretty sure that it's a Hawk Moth (family Sphingidae). They tend to be fussy feeders with different species preferring a specific plant so this one is a Vine Hawk Moth (Hippotion celerio). 

Taken from this week's #CreteNature Blog: A Bush Full of Beetles

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