Sunday, April 25, 2010

Today's Macro Photograph. Sphinx Moth

This is a Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)

Most of these moths are medium to large with heavy bodies. Some species can have a wingspan of up to 5 inches. In most species, the larval stage is called a "hornworm" because the caterpillar's posterior end has a harmless hook or horn like appendage protruding upward. The caterpillar of some species can be very destructive to agricultural crops and ornamental plants.

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