“Worm” is a Death’s-head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

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A reader just sent us a photo and asked us to identify the “worm that looks like a snake, yellow color with gray V-shape”. We agree that this specimen does resemble a snake more than a worm:

death's-head hawkmoth caterpillar

However, this isn’t a worm or snake, but a caterpillar! To be specific, this is a Death’s-head Hawkmoth larva. We identified it based on its coloring and prominent tail spike. The Death’s head Hawkmoth and its larva are primarily discovered in Asia and Europe.

In conclusion, a reader asked us to identify the yellow specimen pictured above. We are confident that this is a Death’s-head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

 

 

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"Worm" is a Death's-head Hawkmoth Caterpillar
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"Worm" is a Death's-head Hawkmoth Caterpillar
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A reader just sent us a photo and asked us to identify the "worm that looks like a snake, yellow color with gray V-shape". We agree that this specimen does resemble a snake more than a worm.
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