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Subject: Hawaiian Hornworm?
Location: Hawaii
January 2, 2014 8:45 pm
Aloha! I saw this caterpillar while on a hike of western Oahu. The area was near the ocean and windy. I’m questioning if it might be related to the tomato/tobacco hornworm family.
Signature: Matt

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Matt,
You are correct that this is a Hornworm in the Sphingidae family.  We looked through the Sphingidae of Hawaii where we thought the closest match was
Agrius cingulata, the caterpillar of a Pink Spotted Hawkmoth.  We checked that on BugGuide where we found an individual that looks very similar to your caterpillar.  Agrius cingulata is a highly variable caterpillar and this is just one possible color variation.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Hawaii

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