Hawaiian Sphinx

Hyles calida - The Hawaiian Sphinx

Kiri and I traveled to the big island of Hawai'i and attended the International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds.  It could be said that Hawaii is the poster-child for biological invasions, with plants and animals from all over the world threatening the island's unique native species.  I was happy when Kiri pointed out this native caterpillar as we hiked along the trail.  The body segment at the rear-end of a caterpillar is called the 'anal plate.'  I haven't seen another species with the anal plate so pointed, it's a pretty cool feature.  It seems I'm making quite the hobby of photographing caterpillar bums.


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