Subject: name this caterpillar please
Location: south east (North Carolina)
July 19, 2012 7:46 pm
Hi. My son and I. Found this fat little guy in our driveway in central NC. He is light green with black/brown eye looking spots. When he straightens out and starts crawling, a head comes out (like a turtle).
Signature: darla and daniel
Dear Darla and Daniel,
This is the caterpillar of the Tersa Sphinx, one of the moths in the family Sphingidae. They are frequently found feeding on Penta in the garden. Since the caterpillar was found on the driveway, we suspect it is getting ready to pupate and it was searching for a suitable location with plenty of surface debris. You can see photos of other stages of development of the Tersa Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the United States website.