Mr. Bugman:
My son caught this caterpillar in a shrub. What’s this bug?, and Is it poisonous?, Can he touch it?
Thank you
Jorge López Collado
College Station, Texas.

Hi Jorge,
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.

One Response to Pandora Sphinx Caterpillar

  1. T. Roberts says:

    We just found a beautiful Pandora moth on a Gryphon Begonia on our porch. Most likely a male when considering the size, unless this is still considered to be early in the year. (July 20, 2019) We are in Lincoln, NE.

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