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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Hummingbird Sphinx (Hemaris thysbe)

JPG-Photo of Hummingbird Sphinx

Bright lime green or reddish, finely granulose, with yellow subdorsal stripe. Head green or pink, granulose. First thoracic segment raised with yellow or reddish anterior rim framing top of head. Often with yellow to pale orange-red and black bands above each thoracic and abdominal leg. Spiracles red with white at either end. Horn pale lavender-blue or reddish with black granules. Food: various trees and shrubs in honeysuckle and rose families. Caterpillar: May to November; 2 generations in South, 1 in North.

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