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Subject: What is this larva?
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
December 11, 2016 10:46 am
This larva is in a garden in South Africa. It is currently summer, I’m not sure what tree it is on.
Any help would be appreciated.
Signature: Yahya Atiya

Hornworm:  Hippotion osiris

Hornworm: Hippotion osiris

Dear Yahya,
Thanks to this image on iSpot, we feel quite confident your Hornworm is
Hippotion osiris.   According to Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic where the moth is known as the Greater Silver-Striped Hawkmoth:  “Major Hostplants. In Africa, principally Vitis and Parthenocissus spp.  Minor Hostplants. In Africa, Rumex, Polygonum, Impatiens, Cissus, Ipomoea, Spathodea, Fuchsia and various Rubiaceae.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

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