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yellow caterpillar?
October 16, 2009
Found in a garden in Florence Italy during October of 2009. What is it? Is it bad for plants?
A. Livingston
Florence, Italy

Death's Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Death's Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear A. Livingston,
This is the caterpillar of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos, and other than eating some leaves, it is not harmful to the plant it is feeding upon.  You may find additional information on the Sphingidae of the Palaearctic website.

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