green caterpillar with orange spots
Hi, I found this caterpillar eating what looks like grape vine leaves which was growing right next to our tomato plants in our garden. It is about 2 1/2 inches long. The picture of its head is when its head is contracted. Later, it pulled its head out, making it a few centimeters longer. any hints on what it could be? thanks,
south-central indiana

Hi Katie,
Your caterpillar is a Pandorus Sphinx, Eumorpha pandorus. The caterpillar has several different color variations. We have gotten several images of adult moths in recent weeks. We are copying Bill Oehlke on this reply so he can add your sighting to his comprehensive species distribution data.

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