Subject: Unidentified caterpillar from Hawaii
Location: Hawaii (O’ahu)
February 15, 2014 10:47 am
I was wondering if you might know what this caterpillar is. We encountered many of the same type in Hawaii (O’ahu) in January in grassy, mountainous areas. I tried to see if it was a Pink-Spotted Hawkmoth caterpillar but I couldn’t seem to make what I looked up and my picture match.
Thank you very much for any help!
P.S. That’s my husband; he loves encountering new critters out in the field.
This Striped Morning Sphinx or Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar, Hyles lineata, is a member of the family Sphingidae which includes the Pink Spotted Hawkmoth. The caterpillar is highly variable and there are many variations ranging from green and yellow to almost entirely black. You can find additional information on Hyles lineata on the Sphingidae of Hawaii page of the Sphingidae of the Americas website.