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Subject:  Varition of Morocco horned caterpillar color
Geographic location of the bug:  Closest to Erfoud, Morocco
Date: 10/08/2019
Time: 10:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello BugMan! I wanted to show you this variation in color of the (perhaps) Barbary Spurge? Hornworm.(OR tell me the exact ID; I see some with two dots!) We found these while riding camels in Erg Chebbi sand dunes on the vegetation shown. We gently tickled one and put him on a leaf to better photograph. Then we put him back on leaves. There were LOTS of them! They can make their way quite fast over the sand when looking for another bush! I took the photos on September 26, 2019. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Cynthia S.

Hornworm from genus Hyles.

Dear Cynthia,
This hornworm is definitely from the genus Hyles, but we cannot be certain of the species.  It does look most to us like the Barberry Spurge Hawkmoth caterpillar pictured on Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Erfoud, Morocco

4 Responses to Hornworm from Morocco

  1. Bostjan Dvorak says:

    Dear Daniel, Dear Cynthia,

    yes, definitely this species (Hyles tithymali ssp). How interesting, it feeds on Euphorbia guyoniana on Your photo. Thank You for sharing!

    Best wishes,

  2. Bostjan Dvorak says:

    A fascinating region, by the way, even geologically; the Antiatlas is part of the same montaneous system as the Appalachian mountains, much older than the ocean…

    Nice wishes,

    • bugman says:

      Yes, the Appalachian Mountains are very old. Daniel hails from the Ohio/Pennsylvania border very near the Appalachian and Allegheny Mountains.

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