Subject: Unknown pupa
October 23, 2012 9:50 pm
Hi. My mom found this pupa lying on the ground under some trees just a few days ago (mid-October) here in Hershey, PA. Could you please tell me what it is?
Thanks! Someone had told me they thought it was a sphinx moth. The image you shared with me looks exactly like it, though. I wasn’t sure what to tell her to do-I said to just lay it in the woods so nobody stepped on it. Hope that was good advice.
Sphinx Moth Pupae often have a handle-like casing for the proboscis that is quite distinctive. This is lacking in the Saturniidae, including the Imperial Moth Pupa, since this family does not feed as adults.