Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Renmark South Australia
April 10, 2017 8:38 pm
Hi I found this caterpillar in my grapevine today. I’ve not seen anything like it. Could you tell me what sort is it and is it harmful to us?
Signature: Fiona

Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Fiona,
Cultivated grape is one of a list of plants on Butterfly House that serve as larval food plants for the Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar,
Hippotion celerio.  The Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar is not dangerous to humans.

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Location: Renmark, South Australia

One Response to Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar from Australia

  1. k says:

    I found a v large hawkmoth caterpillar just now Wed 7 jul 2021 4pm- nowhere near our grapevine. I’m in Perth metro.
    he’s in a jar and I hope he survives long enough until i can take him to my youngest grandson.
    what should I include in the jar with him?
    or is that wishful thinking—
    I recall saving one as a kid in SA where we called them grapevine caterpillars – developed into his flying form.
    today’s is as green as I recall the SA fatties.
    he was hiding in low-growing strappy plants where he could even lie underneath on the warm concrete; even tho it is raining on and off there has been enough sun for his ‘home’ to have warmed.
    from old gamma

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