Evolve . . . word for Wednesday

Moth caterpillar in defensive posture.

Caterpillars change and grow by spitting their skin. A new, larger one is under the old, tight skin. They change through several instars (stages). Then they weave a cocoon and change into a moth. This is the caterpillar of the Pandorus Sphinx. It is a beautiful, large moth, a feeder on night-blooming plants with a proboscis (tongue) about four inches long.

Larger instar.

The Pandorus Sphinx has good protective coloration because it blends in with its surroundings. One of the nectar flowers is the night-blooming Moon Flower Datura.

Moon Flower Datura

Pandorus Sphinx

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8 thoughts on “Evolve . . . word for Wednesday

  1. That is an incredible capture Lynn. You are not late for the blog party, but have to link under the post for Wednesday, which I loaded on Tuesday. You linked in the post to have bloggers remember that was posted on Monday. Just jump a day ahead.

  2. I am not sure if we have this moth, but we have the Atlas moth that is maybe a lot larger. However, their larva have similarities. You have also a different take on evolution than us!

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