Subject: Caterpillar found in Hong Kong
Location: Shatin, Hong Kong
October 20, 2013 7:02 pm
I saw this caterpillar crossing a path on my way to the station in Shatin, Hong Kong, It was in a wooded area, mid-October, about 8am. The caterpillar was about 3 inches long and moving quite fast. Can you tell me what it is? Thanks for your help!
The best we can do at this time is to provide you with a family identification. This is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae. Our quick search did not produce any matching species images, and this is a very large family. Perhaps one of our readers can provide something more specific.
Psilogramma increta identification courtesy of Bostjan
See Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic for additional information. We love the piebald look of some individuals.