My son caught this caterpillar in a shrub. What’s this bug?, and Is it poisonous?, Can he touch it?
Jorge López Collado
College Station, Texas.
What a beautiful photo of a Pandora Sphinx Caterpillar, Eumorpha pandorus. They are not poisonous, can be handeled, and metamorphose into beautiful moths. The pose in your photo is textbook, and the reason moths in this group are called Sphinx Moths. The caterpillar has a resemblance to the Egyptian figure.