One day I noticed that some of my fuchsia had chewed leaves. So I captured some of the caterpillars and kept them at school to see what the adult might look like. It is often easier to identify the adult stage than the larva.
The white-lined sphinx moth has a very distinctive pattern.
The white egg case is attached to a leaf of my fuchsia bush by a hair thin stalk. On hatching, the larva starts by eating the egg case.
This picture of a young
caterpillar clearly shows the red "horn" on its tail end.
The caterpillar burrows
into the ground to pupate. So I placed a shallow layer of sand in the
Newly emerged moth with wings stretched and hardened, ready to fly at dark.
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