Tag Archive: Caterpillars

Hawk Moth caterpillar

This caterpillar or worm seems to resemble a hawk moth. It has the usual ‘eyes’ on the sides and also the fake ‘sting’ which most hawk moths seem to have.
There are many of these species of moths that look similar, but have different colours. For example the Oleander Hawk moth (Daphnis nerii), is mostly green and feeds mainly on the oleander bushes.
This caterpillar could be brown as a result of it possibly being ready to pupate.
If anyone else can identify this caterpillar other than a hawk moths lava, please leave me a message

Hark Moth Caterpillar

Common Emperor Moth

The Common Emperor Moth or Cabbage tree emperor moth (Bunaea alcinoe) is a saturniid which is widely distributed throughout southern, central and east Africa. Its lavas’ main foodplant is Cabbage Trees. The lava can completely defoliate a Kiepersol tree (Cabbage tree) within weeks This one’s size was about 100mm from the tip of one wing to the other.

Emperor Moth