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hello from Beijing — can u help pls?!
Hi from Beijing, China…!
Could you spare a moment to give some advice, pls? I found
a big fat caterpillar wandering across the car park where
we live and brought it home so that my daughter can watch
again the fascinating changes it will go thru. A search on
the web brought me to your site — great to see so many people
are “bug-aholics”, as I think I’m hooked! — and
I think what we have may be a pink spotted hawkmoth caterpillar.
Would you mind taking a look and telling me what you think?
More urgently, what does it eat? It was not found on any bush
and was in danger of being squashed so I “rescued”
it, but now it doesn’t seem to be eating any of the range
of vegetation I’ve offered — all of which grows in the vicinity
of where we found it. I read on your site about what some
of the hawkmoth caterpillars eat, but I actually don’t recognize
the plant names! Obviously, if you tell me the names of what
it eats, I’ll check online for pictures! How long can a cat’
go without food?! How does it seek food (generally, I assme
they’re hatched on the necessary plant, but as I say, this
guy was wandering across tarmac)? If I put it back where it
was found, is it likely to crawl to it’s food source? And
finally, if we are able to identify it’s fave munch, what
else should we provide to make it feel at home? (a stick?
earth? water?) Thank you so much for your help,
Jane

possibly resolved the mystery!
Hello again bugman
(Do you think you could add an “international buglover singles
dating” page to your site, pls?! Hee Hee!) I persisted with
my research and suspect that I have indeed identified my “bug”
correctly (pink spotted hawkmoth caterpillar) and it eats
morning glory leaves (living in Beijing, my nature knowledge
has shrunk so badly!) Thanks for a great site. I wish my daughter
could have teachers like you…I do my best! 🙂
Jane
Beijing, China

Hi Jane,
We like your idea of an International Buglover Singles Dating
page and will forward the idea to our web host as we are nearing
the launching point of our newly metamorphosed site. After
a bit of searching, we believe your caterpillar might be a
relative of the Pink Spotted Hawk Moth without a common name,
Agrias convolvuli, which we located on the Sphingidae
of the Eastern Palaearctic website
. It feeds on the leaves
of morning glories. Often when Sphinx Caterpillars are found
on the ground, they are getting ready to pupate. Loose moist,
but not wet, soil is all that is necessary for pupation as
they burrow underground.

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