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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?
Signature: Tim


Hornworm may be Agrias cingulata

Hi Tim,
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.
Tim Olson

Bill Oehlke Responds
Hi Tim,
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.
Bill Oehlke

Thanks Tim,
You should also check out Bostjan’s comment on the posting.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Puebla, Mexico

2 Responses to Hornworm from Puebla, Mexico

  1. Bostjan Dvorak says:

    An extremely fascinating caterpillar, a real puzzle; it looks like a not yet (publicly) described Manduca species larva, and a little bit like one of Agrius. Maybe an Euryglottis species, at this altitude. On which plant was it sitting? What a fascinating site, full of discoveries!

    Nice wishes,

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