Monday, August 17, 2009

Caterpillar of the White-lined Sphinx Moth

This big caterpillar is on a purslane plant in a soybean field. The caterpillar is Hyles lineata, it will turn into a White-lined Sphinx Moth.

Link to White-lined Sphinx Moth:

Link to Hyles lineata:

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is very common in this field, it has been partially defoliated with glyphosate herbicide, but not killed completely, enough has survived to feed a caterpillar. The beans are Roundup Ready soybeans and are not affected by the glyphosate,

The field is in Tippecanoe County, in the floodplain of Wabash River. Picture taken August 3, 2009.

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Link to previous post on purslane:

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