brown caterpillar with blue dots found in Chaparral, NM
We found this caterpillar heading from a flowerbed to our vegetable garden in Chaparral, NM. Is it a Elephant Hawk-moth? Should we be concerned for our veggies?
Thank you for all your help,
Susan and Rick
Hi Susan and Rick,
This is a Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar. It is getting ready to pupate, hence the brown coloration. It is normally green. It probably left the tree it was feeding upon and is searching for a pupation location.