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Hyles tithymali phaelipae - Caterpillar (7cm, detail) For full series of images and info refer to the description with these images:<br />
Early development:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98715/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_1st_stadium_caterpillars.html" title="Hyles tithymali phaelipae - 1st stadium Caterpillars"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/98715_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1605744010&Signature=I1Jg0gX46%2FfYBt3Z1laIgJBbrj8%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Hyles tithymali phaelipae - 1st stadium Caterpillars Okay, so there it is ... in honour of Moth Week 2020 ... a backlog of many, MANY, images that I&#039;ve been wanting to work through, select and upload &quot;forever&quot; now, but never came around to sorting. I&#039;ve now mostly given up on the sorting bit and decided to &quot;punish&quot; Ferdy for always saying that I shouldn&#039;t limit the amount of images ;o)<br />
<br />
But for good reason. This is a rare endemic subspecies that we were lucky to find caterpillars of, two years in a row, quite close enough to the holiday compound near Los Llanos de Ariadne (La Palma, Canary Islands) that we visited in 2019 and 2020, which enabled us to follow through on much of the development.<br />
<br />
The first year we found a mix of very young and medium sized caterpillars and couldn&#039;t get our head around them at first as it turns out that the caterpillars are HUGELY VARIABLE between instars and even between begin and end of the same stadium. So, little wonder that at the time we couldn&#039;t find a visual match for &quot;our&quot; caterpillars. There is only a very limited number of images of the caterpillars of this subspecies around on the internet for comparison and those are mostly &quot;mature&quot; caterpillars.<br />
<br />
The second year, we&#039;ve found one batch of very recently hatched babies and even the empty eggs these must have crawled out of just the day before or so.<br />
<br />
Incidentally, it is supposedly mostly the difference in the caterpillars that helps delimiting this subspecies from others. So here is an attempt to provide more images for comparison to the pool available on the internet :o)<br />
<br />
Please note two things:<br />
1) Below you will find a a mix of images from the two years and frankly, especially the first year, we&#039;ve followed different stages intermixed, so we have NO WAY OF TELLING THE EXACT STADIUM. I will _try_ to list them in an order that seems plausible to me, but I may well be putting some in the WRONG ORDER(!)<br />
2) Jeanette kindly made a few images available to complete this series a bit more. Her images are licensed CC-BY-SA as opposed to my usual license of a CC0 Public Domain dedication. I will indicate this best as I can, so please honour the license where applicable.<br />
<br />
First stadium caterpillars as found in 2020 (note the partial egg shell in center):<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98715/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_1st_stadium_caterpillars.html<br />
Empty egg shells found nearby:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98720/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_empty_eggs.html<br />
Early first stadium on toothpick for size (2019)<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98718/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l1_on_toothpick_for_size.html<br />
Early 1st std. full-o-sh*t<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98721/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l1_early_in_stadium.html<br />
First stadium about halfway through - getting lighter/greener:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98722/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l1_halfway_through_stadium.html<br />
First stadium toward end - quite pale now:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98719/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l1_toward_end.html<br />
Not sure?! End of 1st or very early 2nd stadium?! Photo CC-BY-SA Jeanette Essink:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98723/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_young_caterpillar.html<br />
<br />
From here on I begin to loose track of development stages, so the order might be off!<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98729/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l2_early_probably.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98728/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l2_early_probably.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98730/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l2_early_probably.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98731/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l2_early_probably.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98727/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillars_in_defensive_posture.html<br />
These should be late 2nd or maybe 3rd stadium (16mm in length) showing some variability:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98733/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l2_probably_16mm.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98734/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_inividual_variability.html<br />
2nd/3rd std. 8 days after first image of fairly fresh L1 above (CC-BY-SA Jeanette Essink): <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98735/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_2nd_or_3r_stadium_caterpillar.html<br />
<br />
As I suspect to be &quot;finding the limits of the system&quot; (space in description) soon enough, I&#039;ll be continuing the series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98738/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_happily_munching.html Caterpillars,Choerocampina,Geotagged,Hyles,Hyles tithymali,Hyles tithymali phaelipae,La Palma (Canary Islands),Macroglossinae,Macroglossini,Moth Week 2020,Spain,Sphingidae" /></a></figure><br />
Later development:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98738/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_happily_munching.html" title="Hyles tithymali phaelipae - Caterpillar happily munching"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/98738_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1605744010&Signature=%2FtRMPMelnzpyNQC3c%2FhjZv1wVEs%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Hyles tithymali phaelipae - Caterpillar happily munching I&#039;ll use this image for the continuation of the series that I started here:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98715/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_1st_stadium_caterpillars.html<br />
<br />
All subsequent images were taken in 2019 of larger caterpillars, up to pupating and emerging, roughly in order of body size:<br />
This one I wrote down as being 4cm:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98744/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_4cm.html<br />
Next images should be between 4-7cm:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98738/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_happily_munching.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98739/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_somewhat_dorsal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98742/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98741/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_detail.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98740/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_de-tail.html<br />
Conspicuously pale/red pronotum:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98747/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_redneck.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98750/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_redneck_detail.html<br />
These I wrote down as being 7cm length:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98749/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_7cm.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98748/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_7cm_detail.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98746/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_7cm_b.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98753/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_mature_caterpillar_on_hand.html<br />
Almost done:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98754/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_mature_caterpillar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98756/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_prepupa_and_pupae.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98755/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_pupa.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98768/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_pupa_a.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98769/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_pupa_b.html<br />
And finally:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98714/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98762/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_wings_closed.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98760/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_portrait.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98767/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_ventrolateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98759/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_ventral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98763/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_dorsal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98761/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98770/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_detail_of_wing.html Caterpillar,Choerocampina,Hyles,Hyles tithymali,Hyles tithymali phaelipae,La Palma (Canary Islands),Macroglossinae,Macroglossini,Moth Week 2020,Sphingidae" /></a></figure> Caterpillar,Choerocampina,Hyles,Hyles tithymali,Hyles tithymali phaelipae,La Palma (Canary Islands),Macroglossinae,Macroglossini,Moth Week 2020,Sphingidae Click/tap to enlarge

Hyles tithymali phaelipae - Caterpillar (7cm, detail)

For full series of images and info refer to the description with these images:
Early development:

Hyles tithymali phaelipae - 1st stadium Caterpillars Okay, so there it is ... in honour of Moth Week 2020 ... a backlog of many, MANY, images that I've been wanting to work through, select and upload "forever" now, but never came around to sorting. I've now mostly given up on the sorting bit and decided to "punish" Ferdy for always saying that I shouldn't limit the amount of images ;o)<br />
<br />
But for good reason. This is a rare endemic subspecies that we were lucky to find caterpillars of, two years in a row, quite close enough to the holiday compound near Los Llanos de Ariadne (La Palma, Canary Islands) that we visited in 2019 and 2020, which enabled us to follow through on much of the development.<br />
<br />
The first year we found a mix of very young and medium sized caterpillars and couldn't get our head around them at first as it turns out that the caterpillars are HUGELY VARIABLE between instars and even between begin and end of the same stadium. So, little wonder that at the time we couldn't find a visual match for "our" caterpillars. There is only a very limited number of images of the caterpillars of this subspecies around on the internet for comparison and those are mostly "mature" caterpillars.<br />
<br />
The second year, we've found one batch of very recently hatched babies and even the empty eggs these must have crawled out of just the day before or so.<br />
<br />
Incidentally, it is supposedly mostly the difference in the caterpillars that helps delimiting this subspecies from others. So here is an attempt to provide more images for comparison to the pool available on the internet :o)<br />
<br />
Please note two things:<br />
1) Below you will find a a mix of images from the two years and frankly, especially the first year, we've followed different stages intermixed, so we have NO WAY OF TELLING THE EXACT STADIUM. I will _try_ to list them in an order that seems plausible to me, but I may well be putting some in the WRONG ORDER(!)<br />
2) Jeanette kindly made a few images available to complete this series a bit more. Her images are licensed CC-BY-SA as opposed to my usual license of a CC0 Public Domain dedication. I will indicate this best as I can, so please honour the license where applicable.<br />
<br />
First stadium caterpillars as found in 2020 (note the partial egg shell in center):<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98715/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_1st_stadium_caterpillars.html<br />
Empty egg shells found nearby:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98720/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_empty_eggs.html<br />
Early first stadium on toothpick for size (2019)<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98718/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l1_on_toothpick_for_size.html<br />
Early 1st std. full-o-sh*t<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98721/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l1_early_in_stadium.html<br />
First stadium about halfway through - getting lighter/greener:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98722/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l1_halfway_through_stadium.html<br />
First stadium toward end - quite pale now:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98719/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l1_toward_end.html<br />
Not sure?! End of 1st or very early 2nd stadium?! Photo CC-BY-SA Jeanette Essink:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98723/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_young_caterpillar.html<br />
<br />
From here on I begin to loose track of development stages, so the order might be off!<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98729/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l2_early_probably.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98728/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l2_early_probably.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98730/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l2_early_probably.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98731/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l2_early_probably.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98727/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillars_in_defensive_posture.html<br />
These should be late 2nd or maybe 3rd stadium (16mm in length) showing some variability:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98733/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_l2_probably_16mm.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98734/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_inividual_variability.html<br />
2nd/3rd std. 8 days after first image of fairly fresh L1 above (CC-BY-SA Jeanette Essink): <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98735/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_2nd_or_3r_stadium_caterpillar.html<br />
<br />
As I suspect to be "finding the limits of the system" (space in description) soon enough, I'll be continuing the series with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98738/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_happily_munching.html Caterpillars,Choerocampina,Geotagged,Hyles,Hyles tithymali,Hyles tithymali phaelipae,La Palma (Canary Islands),Macroglossinae,Macroglossini,Moth Week 2020,Spain,Sphingidae

Later development:
Hyles tithymali phaelipae - Caterpillar happily munching I'll use this image for the continuation of the series that I started here:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98715/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_1st_stadium_caterpillars.html<br />
<br />
All subsequent images were taken in 2019 of larger caterpillars, up to pupating and emerging, roughly in order of body size:<br />
This one I wrote down as being 4cm:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98744/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_4cm.html<br />
Next images should be between 4-7cm:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98738/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_happily_munching.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98739/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_somewhat_dorsal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98742/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98741/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_detail.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98740/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_de-tail.html<br />
Conspicuously pale/red pronotum:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98747/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_redneck.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98750/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_redneck_detail.html<br />
These I wrote down as being 7cm length:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98749/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_7cm.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98748/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_7cm_detail.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98746/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_caterpillar_7cm_b.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98753/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_mature_caterpillar_on_hand.html<br />
Almost done:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98754/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_mature_caterpillar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98756/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_prepupa_and_pupae.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98755/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_pupa.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98768/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_pupa_a.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98769/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_pupa_b.html<br />
And finally:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98714/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98762/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_wings_closed.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98760/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_portrait.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98767/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_ventrolateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98759/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_ventral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98763/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_dorsal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98761/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/98770/hyles_tithymali_phaelipae_-_detail_of_wing.html Caterpillar,Choerocampina,Hyles,Hyles tithymali,Hyles tithymali phaelipae,La Palma (Canary Islands),Macroglossinae,Macroglossini,Moth Week 2020,Sphingidae

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The Barbary Spurge Hawkmoth (Hyles tithymali) is a moth of the family Sphingidae first described by Jean Baptiste Boisduval in 1834 from the Canary Islands. It is found, as various subspecies, in North Africa, the Canary Islands, Madeira, some islands in the Mediterranean Sea and in the mountains in Yemen.

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