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Sphinx or hawk moth?
My son recently found a caterpillar. As any 6 year old boy knows, "caterpillars make the best pets, mom". So we kept the caterpillar and it cocooned. It has now hatched and we released it. Could you please tell me what we had? My son is very interested and wants to be able to tell his class. Thank you.
Diana

Hi Diana,
Tersa Sphinxes, Xylophanes tersa, are either very plentiful this year or they are always around when there are cameras ready. We are getting both adult and caterpillar photos lately. Caterpillars love Penta.

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