Raise Your Own Caterpillars For The Fun Of It: Snowberry Clearwing Moths

I found this snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) caterpillar on my deck last fall (the end of August). It had been feeding on my native honeysuckle plant (Lonicera sempervirens). It soon pupated. To simulate winter, I put it (the cocoon) in a jar in my refrigerator. In the spring I took it out. In early April it emerged! Snowberry Clearwing on Honeysuckle plant

feeding on my native honeysuckle plant (Lonicera sempervirens)

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I love the way its back end looks like a dog!SnowberryClearwingStretchO

all stretched out!SnowberryClearwingCaterpillarPupaO

This is how it survives the winter.

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Emerged!SnowberryClearwingMothProfile2O

Here it is getting its wings ready for first flight.

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Almost ready to fly!SnowberryClearwingMothSizeO

This picture gives a size reference. Amazing!

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