Kern Primrose Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

 colorful caterpillar on plant stem

Kern Primrose Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

Meet the sparkling Kern primrose sphinx moth caterpillar. When larvae are ready to pupate, they bury themselves underground 2 to 4 inches deep. Pupae are known to diapause (delay metamorphosis to adult form) underground for multiple years during drought periods. Photo by T. W. Davies © California Academy of Sciences
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