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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Pawpaw Sphinx (Dolba hyloeus)


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Pale green, smooth. Head green without bands. Thoracic legs black with yellow band at base. Abdomen with 6 oblique white stripes, lower end continued forward onto preceding segment, sometimes with dark dorsal edging. Spiracles small, black with white outer ring. Horn attenuate, blue. Food: hollies and related plants, pawpaws, and sweetfern. Caterpillar: June to November; 2 generations in South, 1 in North.


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