Subject: Please help identify this caterpillar
Location: Western Cape, South Africa
January 6, 2013 4:38 am
The (poor) photo attached was taken yesterday 5th January 2013 in Table View, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. Would you be so kind as to try to identify it for me? Thanks a lot!
There isn’t much detail in the posterior end of this caterpillar so we cannot make out if there is a caudal horn present, but the coloration and size are consistent with the appearance of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar, Acherontia atropos, like the one we just posted a few days ago from Israel. This is a different color morph from the typical Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillars we generally receive which are more green and yellow.
Thanks very much for your response – there is a horn at it’s
posterior. Much obliged for the info.