Poplar Hawkmoth Caterpillar

September 22nd 2010

By Mark Snowden
By Mark Snowden

This is a lovely photograph of a well-grown larva of the Poplar Hawkmoth Laothoe populi, the only hawkmoth we seem to have in Assynt on a regular basis. You can see the distinctive yellow-striped ‘horn’ at it’s tail end which, together with the rest of body pattern, is diagnostic.  It is not usually so destructive as the puss moth on our native aspens.

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