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Sphinx pinastri - Teneral pupa gaining colour Found the caterpillar below in prepupa state (clearly ready to become a pupa) unprotected on the ground under a pine tree:<br />
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Decided to take it home and give it shelter until next spring. Upon arriving at home it had already moulted to a fresh pupa, probably an hour or so earlier, so I documented the rest of the process of the colour turning brown from 18:00h to 14:00h the next day.  4K UHD,Lepidoptera,Netherlands,Pine hawk-moth,Pupa,Sphingidae,Sphinx,Sphinx pinastri,Teneral,nl: Dennenpijlstaart Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Sphinx pinastri - Teneral pupa gaining colour

Found the caterpillar below in prepupa state (clearly ready to become a pupa) unprotected on the ground under a pine tree:

Sphinx pinastri - Prepupa Found this caterpillar in prepupa state (clearly ready to become a pupa) unprotected on the ground under a pine tree. Decided to take it home and give it shelter until next spring. Upon arriving at home it had already moulted to a fresh pupa, so I documented the colour turning brown:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/102500/sphinx_pinastri_-_teneral_pupa_gaining_colour.html Caterpillar,Geotagged,Lepidoptera,Netherlands,Pine hawk-moth,Prepupa,Sphingidae,Sphinx,Sphinx pinastri,nl: Dennenpijlstaart

Decided to take it home and give it shelter until next spring. Upon arriving at home it had already moulted to a fresh pupa, probably an hour or so earlier, so I documented the rest of the process of the colour turning brown from 18:00h to 14:00h the next day.

    comments (11)

  1. Whoa!!! This is very cool. I hope it survives til spring! Posted 9 months ago
    1. Finding a Sphingidae cat or pupa is certainly always a "bonus" :o) I've found pupae in strange places where the moth had no chance of ever seeing daylight after emerging, or while doing gardening work etc. needing to "relocate" them and I have always relocated them to a special container made of a pot with some moist soil and a layer of bark on it, topped by a glass cylinder with the top opening closed by a fine net. Add some twigs to help them emerge and pump up the wings and leave it in a cool place (shed or so). Never had a failure with that, so I'm confident this lil'one will be okay too. Looking forward to the photo session myself ;o) Posted 9 months ago
      1. Great set-up. I'm taking notes on this and will try it if I find a similar cat/pupa this autumn. And, I look forward to your spring pics too! I love how you document everything. Posted 9 months ago, modified 9 months ago
        1. Note that I make a point of "nuking" the soil and bark in a microwave (and letting it cool down, of course) before applying it, to make sure that predators, parasites, fungi and what have you are eliminated. Posted 9 months ago, modified 9 months ago
          1. A very good tip! I always bake pinecones, bark, etc. that I bring inside my house for that same reason. Posted 9 months ago
  2. Not only educational but most beautiful presented in this way. Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thanks Ruth, I like to see things like this side by side for myself, so why not share it too ... Posted 9 months ago
  3. Agree with the others, a lot of beauty and value packed in a single image, top job. And I know it's in great care with you. Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy! Posted 9 months ago
  4. Fascinating, useful and appealing. Good one P4B. Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thanks Mark - I threw it together for overview/insight but glad everyone seems to feel it is an appealing image to boot :o) Posted 9 months ago

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''Sphinx pinastri'', the pine hawk-moth, is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is found in Palearctic realm and sometimes the Nearctic realm. This species has been found in Scotland but is usually found in England. The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of ''Systema Naturae''.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
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