Subject: caterpiller question
Location: Puebla, Mexico
October 12, 2013 4:21 pm
My nephew is in Puebla Mexico and found this caterpillar. What is it?
We are unable at this time to provide you with an exact species identification, but we can tell you that this is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae. If you or your nephew has the energy to search for the exact species, you can start with the Sphingidae of Mexico page of the wonderful Sphingidae of the Americas website. If you find a match, please write back to us with the information.
Here is the response I received from Bill Oehike.
Looks like an unusual color.
Bill Oehlke Responds
I am pretty sure it is Agrius cingulata, the Pink-striped Hawkmoth.
The larvae of this species are quite variable, and I have never seen this particular form before. However, it is a very good match for most diagnostic characters.
I wish permission to post image credited to photographer and sender/finder.
Can you check that out for me and get back to me, also with date and names.
You should also check out Bostjan’s comment on the posting.