Xylophanes Pluto Moth
September 19, 2009
Here is a photo of the X-Pluto Moth in it’s Green stage at night hanging from a leaf on a Texas Lilac Tree in Garland Texas 9-19-09
Your photo is quite wonderful and it illustrates this Sphinx Caterpillar in its classic pose that resulted in the name sphinx. We disagree with your identification. We believe this is a Rustic Sphinx Caterpillar, Manduca rustica. The best method for identifying both Sphinx Caterpillars and the adult moths, we believe, is to scan the images on Bill Oehlke’s Sphingidae of the Americas website. The site has the option of viewing by individual states, so you are able to just search for species found in Texas. Using that method, we identified your Rustic Sphinx Caterpillar on Bill’s website.