caterpillar needs identifying
Please please would you identify this caterpillar for me, I thought perhaps it was a swallowtail but cannot find anything that fits the markings. It was on my fuschias last summer in my garden on Vancouver Island. I have surfed and surfed! What a wonderful website.
Before we even opened your attached photo, we had guessed correctly that your caterpillar was a White Lined Sphinx Caterpillar, Hyles lineata. The tip-off was the host plant Fuschia. This is a highly variable caterpillar that has at least three recognized color variations.