Sphinx Larva ID

Thomas, Tony tthomas at nrcan.gc.ca
Wed Aug 9 14:18:09 EDT 2000

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Dr. A.W. Thomas
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Canadian Forest Service - Atlantic Forestry Centre
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> From: 	gwang[SMTP:gwang at mb.sympatico.ca]
> Reply To: 	gwang at mb.sympatico.ca
> Sent: 	Tuesday, August 08, 2000 8:07 PM
> To: 	leps-l at lists.yale.edu
> Subject: 	Sphinx Larva ID
> Hi fellow lepidopterophiles,
> Well, I found a large sphinx (8cm) larvae taking a 'walkie' today and
> can't seem to ID it.  It's like any other sphinx larva, with the usual
> horn and lines and such, but there are also two pairs of tubercles about
> 4mm high on the first two thoracic segments.  Moreover, the line on the
> back of the larva isn't just a line, but is actually comprised of raised
> bumps (8 per segment).  It's almost like the back of a tiny iguana.  The
> lateral lines are also similar, but the bumps are less pronounced.
> And also, it seems to have sustained some damage to it's head casing. 
> It's still alive and seems normal, but I'm not sure if it will be albe
> to pupate.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> TIA,
> Xi Wang

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